Why owning one goldfish is illegal in Switzerland

Why owning one goldfish is illegal in Switzerland
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[Ed. – Hey, at least it has nothing to do with Muslim migration.  It IS impressive to think that goldfish live long enough in Switzerland for it to matter.]

Goldfish might get a bad reputation of being boring pets – and having rubbish memories – but they’re more clued up than we realise.

In Switzerland, it has been illegal to own one solitary goldfish since 2008, when the country introduced a whole host of animal rights’ legislation.

Why? Because fish are actually ‘social’ creatures. In the sea they swim in shoals, so it makes perfect sense that they would need companions.

The Swiss government believes it is cruel to force them to live in isolation – but it doesn’t just apply to fish.

Other social creatures like guinea pigs and budgerigars are also covered by this legislation.

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