How many of you own a fish tank? Hopefully you have more than one fish in it because …..
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.
The country has other bizarre rules regarding pet ownership:
If you want just the one cat, you must let it outside so it can see other cats. If it’s going to be kept indoors, then you’ve got to get two.
You can’t have just one parrot in Switzerland. You have get him a friend to talk to!