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In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” This statement underlines the significance of how a society cares for those under its dominion, particularly those who are defenseless. Animal welfare laws vary widely across the globe, reflecting the diverse approaches taken by different countries to protect the interests of animals. While the United States has made commendable strides, the current legal framework for animal protection remains inadequate. Both Switzerland and the United States have federal laws that aim to protect animal welfare, but they differ in scope and focus. The key difference lies in the recognition of animals as sentient beings possessing intrinsic value.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo International & Comparative Law Review on November 24, 2023. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.