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Swiss to vote on 'Swiss Law First' this weekend

National News // By Tay Kinnear // Nov. 23, 2018

Voters will be going to the polls this Sunday to make a series of decisions for the country, their canton and commune.

Pixabay Swiss to vote on 'Swiss Law First' this weekend

The major federal votes include the ‘Swiss Law First’ initiative which aims to make sure that domestic law trumps international law. If passed it will threaten Switzerland’s membership of the European Convention on Human Rights. The government opposes the move and polls suggest it will fail.

Another vote aims to put rules in place to allow insurance companies to spy on claimants to crack down on fraud. That’s expected to pass.

And then there’s a proposal to pay bigger subsidies to farmers who don’t de-horn their cows and goats. Animal rights groups say it’s painful and distressing for the animals – but famers say if they don’t, the they have to be restrained when indoors otherwise they could harm themselves and other animals.

The government and parliament suggest rejecting the law, but farmers are divided. Polls suggest the outcome is too close to call.


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