The Swiss take the happiness of the pets living within their borders as seriously (or perhaps more so) as they do the satisfaction of the human beings residing there. They’ve even gone so far as to grant “social rights” to pets that tend to get lonely on their own – like guinea pigs, for example, which are natural herd animals and wouldn’t be found alone in the wild.
It’s actually illegal to own only one.
Having two guinea pigs (or more) might do wonders for their quality of life, but what do you do if one of them dies before the other?
Don’t worry – rent-a-guinea pig services exist to keep you from getting…ticketed? Fined? Surely not arrested?
Other animals are also forbidden from living in isolation from their own kind. Goldfish have to get at least one tank-mate, and parrots must, at the very least, have the opportunity to socialize with other birds on a regular basis. Cats can live alone but must be able to see other cats when prowling or looking through a window…for some reason.
No word on the government’s plans to help human beings find partners in order to improve their quality of life. Maybe the jury’s still out on whether living with someone else helps or hurts.
It probably depends on who you ask.