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The activities of SUST

All over the world, countless animals in overcrowded shelters live sadly or struggle for their survival in wild colonies. Day after day, even today, animals that have become inconvenient are still abandoned, deported or mistakenly kept for lack of better knowledge. The Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation contributes with effective means to the fact that animal suffering can be reduced or even prevented sustainably.

This animal welfare work is based on four pillars:

1. Competence Centre Animal Shelter: Animal shelters become high-quality transition stations for homeless animals, where animals are kept and promoted in a way that is appropriate for their species and finally transferred to good new places.

2. Neutering campaigns: Braking the animal misery

3. Education and training of specialists: Specialists are given the opportunity to optimise their knowledge and improve animal welfare.

4. Education of the population: love of animals with heart and mind

These four elements form the important basis for sustainable animal welfare projects.

Those animals that are not yet able to benefit from the effects of this reconstruction work and have been born into a world where they are not wanted need the emergency aid of SUST.

Emergency aid as a basis for sustainable animal welfare projects: saving lives of animals




Living rabbits are not Easter presents!

Many children wish for a rabbit at Easter. The desire for a live cuddly toy is often so great that it is fulfilled by the parents or other relatives. But unfortunately the living Easter present often ends lonely in a cage that is much too small or already after a short time in the animal shelter or in the zoo as snake food.

Whoever gives away a rabbit burdens the recipient with a lot of work and financial expenditure: For a species-appropriate attitude the building of a suitable free run enclosure with isolated sleep place is indispensable. "In addition, rabbits must be held at least to second", recommends animal protector Susy Utzinger. Living rabbits are not cuddly animals! It is not in the sense and in the nature of the rabbit to land on the arm of a human being and to be stroked calmly. Therefore it can quite happen that the "cuddly toy" leaves painful traces on the body of the stroking child.

The end of the former Easter presents is often sad: Many rabbits vegetate lonely in their cages after the first joy. Susy Utzinger: "Some of them are given away indiscriminately, end up in the animal shelter, in the zoo as snake food or are otherwise "disposed of".

So the supposedly good argument to teach children how to deal with animals and to exercise responsibility becomes a very bad lesson: that you can "remove" an animal as soon as you lose interest and do not have to take responsibility for living beings.

--> On the site "Keeping of pets and wild animals" of the Federal Office Safety and Veterinary Office you find bases for an animal-fair rabbit attitude: https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/en/home/tiere/tierschutz/heim-und-wildtierhaltung.html


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Living rabbits are not Easter presents!
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