The matter was still clear in the National Council: last year, with 144 votes to 31, he passed a motion from SP National Councilor Matthias Aebischer (BE) calling for an import ban on fur products produced in cruelty to animals.
The Council of States has now shot down the initiative with 25 to 19 votes. The Federal Council and the majority of the preliminary advisory commission recognized the concern. However, they want to solve the problem by improving fur declarations. This works, said Central Councilor Andrea Gmür-Schönenberger (LU). The corresponding regulation has also been tightened. Gmür-Schönenberger emphasized that the entire commission condemned methods of cruelty to animals. But a ban is unnecessary. The market regulates itself, wearing furs has become “completely uncool” among young people.
Maya Graf (Greens/BL) and Elisabeth Baume-Schneider (SP/JU), on the other hand, objected that the current regulation also allows the declaration “Origin unknown”. The opinion of the population is clear, a majority does not want any nuisance.
Hunting trophies remain permitted
Hunting trophies from endangered species should also continue to be imported into Switzerland. On Monday, the Council of States spoke out against the general ban on imports desired by the National Council.
The small chamber rejected a motion by former GLP National Councilor Isabelle Chevalley (VD) by 22 votes to 17 and two abstentions. The motion is off the table.
Commission President Benedikt Würth (middle, SG) referred on behalf of the majority to Switzerland’s commitment within the framework of the CITES species protection agreement and thus to sustainability and biodiversity. There are already measures to control the import and transit of trophies. A ban on trophy hunting would lead to an increase in poaching and undermine the core of the Cites Convention.
Maya Graf (Greens, BL), on the other hand, emphasized that trophy hunting has nothing to do with regulating stocks. Because the animals would be shot in order to preserve and exhibit parts of them or whole animals. It was not the local people who benefited from this, but primarily the organizers of the expensive hunting trips. (SDA)