As I was driving this morning, I thought maybe I’ll mention Switzerland today. Many are shocked to hear that dogs are consumed in such a civilized, Western European country. My mom herself is saddened by this because she says it’s such a lovely place. Well here’s the facts. While commercial slaughter and sale of dog & cat meat is illegal, farmers (mostly in the Alps region) are allowed to slaughter dogs & cats for personal consumption…and they do (Rottweiler’s are a favorite breed). In 1993 a petition to ban consumption failed with the government declaring it a personal, ethical choice. Switzerland is the only country in Europe that allows dog & cat meat consumption. Thankfully Switzerland is a small portion of the 30 million annual total. I believe with perseverance and banning the trade in the larger countries, it will force their hand to follow lead.