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Switzerland One Cat Per Family Proposal Gets Claws Out

Switzerland One Cat Per Family Proposal Gets Claws Out

Zurich-based group Zürcher Tierschutz launched a campaign earlier this year to set a quota for the country's cats, deeming them a threat to other wildlife, including small mammals, reptiles and birds.

However, since the campaign began, cat lovers have been pawsitively up in arms about it.

The group estimates there to be 1.4 million cats in the country — far fewer than Rome's 2,000 cats per square kilometer, or Japan's Tashirojima "cat heaven" island where there are 2,350 cats and just 100 humans.

The one-cat policy proposed followed an earlier proposal of castration to control the population, though the measures would be "applied on a voluntary basis," explained Claudia Kistler, co-author of a study on cats for Zürcher Tierschutz.

In July, animal rights group in Saint-Gall, in the east of the country, purrpoposed a "cat curfew" between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. as it's "during these hours that they attack the most victims," according to Le Monde.

Read more from Switzerland's The Local here.

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Utter Pessimism, What Israelis And Palestinians Share In Common

Right now, according to a joint survey of Israelis and Palestinians, hopes for a peaceful solution of coexistence simply don't exist. The recent spate of violence is confirmation of the deepest kind of pessimism on both sides for any solution other than domination of the other.

An old Palestinian protester waves Palestinian flag while he confronts the Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Beit Dajan near the West Bank city of Nablus.

A Palestinian protester confronts Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the West Bank village of Beit Dajan on Jan. 6.

Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

PARIS — Just before the latest outbreak of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, a survey of public opinion among the two peoples provided a key to understanding the current situation unfolding before our eyes.

It was a joint study, entitled "Palestinian-Israeli Pulse", carried out by two research centers, one Israeli, the other Palestinian, which for years have been regularly asking the same questions to both sides.

The result is disastrous: not only is the support for the two-state solution — Israel and Palestine side by side — at its lowest point in two decades, but there is now a significant share of opinion on both sides that favors a "non-democratic" solution, i.e., a single state controlled by either the Israelis or Palestinians.

This captures the absolute sense of pessimism commonly felt regarding the chances of the two-state option ever being realized, which currently appears to be our grim reality today. But the results are also an expression of the growing acceptance on both sides that it is inconceivable for either state to live without dominating the other — and therefore impossible to live in peace.

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