Breeder to kill 400,000 fish in dispute with Swiss authorities

6th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Switzerland introduced new regulations on animal welfare last September, which also covered the way farm animals are treated and slaughtered.

Geneva -- A fish breeder said he would cull 400,000 catfish and shut down his farm after a disagreement with Swiss authorities over the way he usually killed the fish, Swiss news agency ATS reported Friday.

Switzerland introduced new regulations on animal welfare last September, which also covered the way farm animals are treated and slaughtered.

Hans Raab's method of first numbing the fish by chilling the water they swim in, before killing them in a spinning drum filled with ice-chips, was not among the approved methods.

Raab, a German citizen, said that as a protest, he would not sell any of the 50 tonnes of meat arising from the slaughter at his Swiss fish farm.

Raab, who invested up to 40 million francs to build the fish farm, also intends to seek damages from the cantonal authorities, his lawyer said.

However, the state veterinarian in the northern Swiss canton of St Gallen, Thomas Giger, said Raab had been informed of the changes in regulations even before he began building the farm.

Giger added that Raab had also been given up to May 15 to kill the fish using his method, even though it has been outlawed since September 2008.

The new laws adopted last year banned certain treatment of animals, including flushing goldfish down the toilet bowl, using live fish as bait and carrying out line-fishing with the intention of releasing the fish back into the water.

AFP/Expatica

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