Yodelay Cuckoo!

The Swiss Go Crazy—Literally—Over "Dignity"

Their penchant for yodeling notwithstanding, the Swiss must be counted among the most dignified people on the planet. Now their parliament has decreed that Swiss goldfish, too, must be treated with dignity. And not because they are gold, but because they are fish. Beginning in September, a new law will set rigorous standards for the treatment of all "social animals." Swiss aquariums must have an opaque side to allow the fish to live in a natural cycle of day and night. It will also be an offense to keep a lone goldfish, guinea pig, or budgerigar. Or one rhinoceros, apparently, because the law also covers pet rhinoceroses.

The Swiss are pioneer dignitarians. In 1992, Switzerland was the first...

 
This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #6, fall 2008 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo6/yodelay-cuckoo

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