Love This Thinking: It’s Illegal to Keep Just One Guinea Pig in Switzerland

November 26, 2014 at 7:15 PM Leave a comment

Guinea Pigs via Wikipedia

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I came across this article at TheGuardian earlier today about the happiest countries as ranked by the U.N.:  Which Countries are Happiest?

I clicked on it because, of course, who wouldn’t?  Denmark and Norway are #1 and #2.  Switzerland is #3 (the U.S. is #17).

What caught my eye about Switzerland was this (h/t to Roger, the guinea pig I had when I was about 10-years-old):

It’s illegal to keep just one guinea pig in Switzerland. You must have them in pairs and there is a “rent-a-guinea pig” service to provide companionship for lonely animals in their twilight years.


If a lawmaker here in the U.S. proposed such a law they’d be run out of the country.  For all intents and purposes, animals don’t have rights here.  They aren’t thought of as having feelings or needs.  So bravo Switzerland.  I can only imagine how the thought that guinea pigs need companionship radiates out into your wider society.





Entry filed under: Animals (Other Than Us).

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