Switzerland: Illegal to Own Only One Guinea Pig

    In Switzerland, it is illegal to own only one guinea pig, because they are prone to loneliness.

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    Guinea pigs are cute, sociable animals that are susceptible to loneliness when they do not have a companion.

    Switzerland, a country that prioritises animal rights, has made an effort to prevent guinea pig loneliness by actually making it illegal to keep only one guinea pig - there must be at least 2.

    Subsequently, this also gives some guinea pig owners a problem: what happens when one dies? This has given birth to a new business niche; rent-a-guinea-pig services.

    It makes sense. If the lonely guinea pig is also older, it may not be practical to actually invest in a companion and enter a cycle of replacing guinea pigs. Instead, the rent-a-guinea-pig service enables people to do exactly what the name says - rent a guinea pig for as long as needed, then return it.

    All in all, loneliness is no problem for guinea pigs in Switzerland!

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