Switzerland refuses to ban animal testing in referendum


Zurich — Swiss voters rejected a proposal by animal rights activists to make Switzerland the first country to ban animal medical and scientific experiments, but more than a cigarette ad at Referendum on Sunday. Approved strict restrictions.

According to government statistics, in a referendum under the Swiss direct democracy tradition, only 21% of voters agreed with the ban on animal testing and 79% opposed it.

Proponents wanted to stop the test because it was unethical and unnecessary, but ran into opposition from a powerful pharmaceutical lobby in the country that warned of the economic damage that such a ban could cause. rice field.

Rene Buholzer, CEO of Lobby Group Interpharma, said:

“This shows that the Swiss people are aware of the central role of research for the health and prosperity of the Swiss people.”

Proponents said the animals in the lab and the animals used to provide food lived a life of suffering.

“Why don’t we sympathize with them more?” Said Renato Werndri, co-president of the campaign.

In another Sunday vote, voters approved stricter restrictions on tobacco advertising, with 57% agreeing.

Restrictions ban such advertisements in newspapers, cinemas, the Internet, events and billboards, and supporters have stated that such advertisements encourage young people to smoke.

“I agree because people are embarrassed (beginning to smoke), a social phenomenon, and useless to anyone,” said Angela Marglon of Carouge.

“We’ve always heard that people go to the hospital or die, or they have major health problems, but the ads are still here, of course it’s about money as usual.”

The government was defeated by the other two votes on Sunday.

Treasury Minister Ueli Maurer said he sent a negative signal to companies seeking to invest in Switzerland.

Bern’s plan to increase financial support to the media also failed, with 55 percent of voters rejecting it.

In a press conference with Maurer, Simonetta Sommarga agreed to argue that “the majority think the media is probably heavily funded and the proposal is in favor of major publishers. “.

“In the last few weeks, there has been widespread debate that the wrong people will benefit.”

John Revil

Reuters

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