Switzerland Denies Free Legal Representation to Animals
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

The New York Times has reported that on Sunday Swiss voters decided animals are not entitled to free legal representation. The proposal, a ballot initiative, wanted to appoint 25 or more lawyers to represent abused animals in Swiss courts throughout the country. Currently only Zurich provides such representation.

Antoine Goetschel, the single lawyer in Zurich doing such work, feels that a backlash  may have led to the defeat of the proposal. Goetschel mainly represents dogs but the Times reports he branched out and represented a dead fish in a case in Zurich recently when a fisherman was accused of torture after it took him ten minutes to land a pike. The fisherman bragged about the 22 pound catch to a local newspaper and a state prosecutor charged him with causing excessive suffering to the fish.

The initiative reflects the political stratification that exists in Switzerland over animal rights. The country already has some of the most stringent laws against animal abuse in the world, including a 160 page animal protection law detailing the treatment of exotic and non exotic animals like Mongolian gerbils, African clawed frogs, pigs, budgies, goldfish, horses and dogs.




Associate Attorney


1+ years practicing lawyer and a separate position for a paralegal / legal assistant with experience...

Apply now

Litigation Employment Attorney (Remote)


We are a small and highly respected Los Angeles based litigation defense firm specializing in employ...

Apply now

Legal Assistant


Legal Assistant Compensation DOE Sole practitioner civil litigation law office in Tarzana look...

Apply now

Senior Family Law Attorney (Hybrid Remote)

USA-TX-San Antonio

Modern Family Law is in the business of helping people move on peacefully with the rest of their liv...

Apply now




Search Now

Venture Capital Attorney

USA-CA-San Diego

San Diego office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks corporate business attorney with...

Apply Now

Real Estate Attorney

USA-CA-San Diego

San Diego office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks transactional real estate attorn...

Apply Now

Experienced Health Care Attorney


Portland office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm is seeking health care attorney with 5-...

Apply Now


To Top