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The leading Swiss animal-welfare group has formally launched
 its proposal for legal representation for animals.
March 2006

Swiss Animal Protection (SAP) has 18 months to collect the necessary 100,000 signatures to force a nationwide ballot on the issue.

Under current law animal rights groups are not granted a fair representation in legal cases, said SAP president Heinz Lienhard at a news conference in the capital Bern on Thursday.

He said these groups had no right to consult relevant documents and  could not appeal against initial court ruling.

Lienhard also said judges had been too lenient with animal abusers in the past.

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