Switzerland says no to the ban on intensive farming – Liberation

The Swiss felt that the welfare of farm animals was already respected in the Alpine country. The government, parliament and representative herders’ organizations were strongly opposed to the initiative.

The Swiss on Sunday largely rejected a closely scrutinized popular initiative abroad, which sought to ban intensive farming. The proposal would have essentially eradicated industrial farms in a country which is still very rural even if agriculture weighs relatively little in the national wealth, was rejected by a final vote: 63% of voters disapproved.

The Swiss felt that the welfare of farm animals was already respected in the Alpine country. The government, parliament and representative herders’ organizations were strongly opposed to the initiative.

Under current laws, farms cannot keep more than 1,500 fattening pigs, 27,000 broilers or 300 calves, which rules out the gigantic factory farms found in other countries.

Bern had also warned that these new rules would lead to a significant increase in prices, while the import clause could have an impact on relations with trading partners.

Despite the massive refusal, it is nevertheless a victory for Vera Weber, the president of the Franz Weber Foundation for the protection of nature and animals. She welcomes the fact that the text has enabled Switzerland to discuss the issue of intensive farming and meat consumption.

During this vote, the Swiss voted narrowly in favor of extending the retirement age for women to 65 years. The yes won with only 50.6% of the vote, according to the final results. After two aborted attempts in 2004 and 2017, Bern therefore garnered enough votes to implement its plan to “stabilize” the Swiss old-age insurance system, which is under enormous pressure as life expectancy increases and the generation of baby boomers reach retirement age.

The most controversial part of the reform requires that, like men, women work until they are 65, before they can claim a full pension. A year older than now.

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