Swiss activists are petitioning Switzerland’s parliament to outlaw the consumption of pets, with hundreds of thousands of Swiss people still consuming cats and dogs.
Around three per cent of the Swiss population eat cat or dog, according to animal protection group SOS Chats Noiraigue president Tomi Tomek.
“Presently, we can’t do anything because the law does not forbid people from eating their dog or cat, we can’t even turn in those who engage in this practice,” Ms Tomek said.
The group this week presented a 16,000-name petition to parliament, demanding the government make the practise illegal.
Cats still appear on traditional Christmas menus in certain areas, while dog meat usually goes into sausages.
“A political leader told us parliament won’t do anything unless people revolt,” Ms Tomek said.
“The Swiss need to take care of this themselves.”
“We are asking simply for a paragraph in the law on protecting domestic animals”.
Famous signatories on the petition include French actress Bridget Bardot, who has been a life-long activist for animal rights.