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Mr. Ected Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-07-10 04:29 PM
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Swiss voters ax measure allowing lawyers for abused animals
GENEVA - The result was emphatic: Swiss voters don't think abused animals need to have their own lawyers.

It's a proposal that would never even come near a referendum in other countries, but the measure's defeat Sunday disappointed animal rights advocates, who say Switzerland's elaborate animal welfare laws aren't being enforced.

Opponents of the proposal, including key farmers' groups and the government, had argued that existing laws are sufficient and appointing special lawyers to act on behalf of animals would be unnecessarily expensive for taxpayers.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35750817/ns/world_news-weir...
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