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Old 13.07.2008, 18:12
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Keeping pets (always in twos)

Talking to the other half this afternoon, we came around to the conversation about the old horse in the paddock opposite our house. They recently had to buy a small horse to go with the old one there. The point of this mail is that I was told that all social animals, have to kept in a minimum of pairs, ie 2 rabbits, 2 goldfish and two horses etc. This means that a petshop won't sell you one goldfish, rabbit etc but will sell you two rabbits etc. This is the first I have heard of it. Is it true?
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Old 13.07.2008, 18:26
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According to the "Times" it is:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle3818457.ece
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Old 13.07.2008, 18:40
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Re: Keeping pets (always in twos)

We had to buy 2 rats so they could keep each other company, so yes i guess it is
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Old 13.07.2008, 18:46
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We had to buy 2 rats so they could keep each other company, so yes i guess it is
Just makes sure you buy two of the same sex unless you're into rats/mice/rabbits in a big way right?
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Old 13.07.2008, 18:48
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Re: Keeping pets (always in twos)

In some ways I can understand the need for social animals to be kept together. It is all too sad to see a solitary horse kept in a field for example. But I can't help but wonder will owners abide to these new rules or simply abandon their lonely pets? Anyone who owns horses and large animals will testify that they aren't cheap to keep and some pet owners rather than go to expense of providing their pet with some company or provide better living conditions may choose to let their pets go.
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Old 13.07.2008, 18:50
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Just makes sure you buy two of the same sex unless you're into rats/mice/rabbits in a big way right?
LOL we did 2 girls, and no we did not want lots of baby rats running around. I remember when my brothers had 2 hamsters 1 girl, and 1 boy we put them together to clean there cages, and they must of been cough erm very fast the next thing we know we have baby hamsters, but then the mummy ate them.

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Old 13.07.2008, 18:53
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Re: Keeping pets (always in twos)

Apparently a mini donkey or a goat make good horse companions.
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Old 13.07.2008, 18:58
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Apparently a mini donkey or a goat make good horse companions.
Or how about a baby alpaca?

Born today on my dads farm

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Or how about a baby alpaca?

Born today on my dads farm
Wow they are so cute what are there names please?
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Old 13.07.2008, 19:00
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Wow they are so cute what are there names please?
The baby is called Amber Jewel and I think the mums name is Violet.
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Re: Keeping pets (always in twos)

Yes it is, and it seems to go back to a law from 2004 (things don’t happen quickly in CH) that aims at protecting the dignity of <<creatures>>. Keeping twos of pets is one implication; another has been the impact on the funding of research, including plant biotechnology, where some people might consider the practice of artificial male sterility in the breeding of roses below the dignity of the plant and would therefore not qualify for government grants see also link: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/09/plant_dignity/ (Nature link requires subscription).

Anyway, as far as goldfish are concerned, you can always buy ONE in Germany or France or Italy whichever is closest.
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Talking to the other half this afternoon, we came around to the conversation about the old horse in the paddock opposite our house. They recently had to buy a small horse to go with the old one there. The point of this mail is that I was told that all social animals, have to kept in a minimum of pairs, ie 2 rabbits, 2 goldfish and two horses etc. This means that a petshop won't sell you one goldfish, rabbit etc but will sell you two rabbits etc. This is the first I have heard of it. Is it true?
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Re: Keeping pets (always in twos)

When we got our cats from the animal shelter we had to take two so they would have company. We had to fill out an application describing our place and how much we worked and were away from home too.
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When we got our cats from the animal shelter we had to take two so they would have company. We had to fill out an application describing our place and how much we worked and were away from home too.
How much time do you need to spend at home to qualify?
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Has anyone seen a link to the new swiss pet laws? I'm worried I might be abusing my snake.
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Old 11.09.2008, 10:13
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Has anyone seen a link to the new swiss pet laws? I'm worried I might be abusing my snake.
No you are ok, your snake will be fine i uised to keep snakes, and they where happy on there own in there seperate tanks
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Has anyone seen a link to the new swiss pet laws? I'm worried I might be abusing my snake.
Here is the link that covers reptiles in the new law. It's only in German (sorry)
http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/sr/455_1/app2.html

What are you worried about exactly? I have limited knowledge of keeping snakes. The important issue seems to be enclosure size, humidity and temperature control. Did you need a permit to keep him in the first place?
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Re: Keeping pets (always in twos)

I'm presuming if one of your sociable pets dies, they would sell you just one to replace it. Otherwise, you'd end up with three, and three is never as good.

My old cat came from a family with four other cats and a dog, but I think he appreciates the attention that is now all his while I work from home. And he gets along with the neighbour's dog.
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I'm presuming if one of your sociable pets dies, they would sell you just one to replace it. Otherwise, you'd end up with three, and three is never as good.
Why is three never as good? For us it is perfect.
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Re: Keeping pets (always in twos)

Just wanting to know if ny new requirements for the keeping of snakes has been introduced along with the new pet laws...
that's it really
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Here is the link that covers reptiles in the new law. It's only in German (sorry)
http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/sr/455_1/app2.html

What are you worried about exactly? I have limited knowledge of keeping snakes. The important issue seems to be enclosure size, humidity and temperature control. Did you need a permit to keep him in the first place?
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Why is three never as good? For us it is perfect.
I wasn't being serious.
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