Rent a Guinea Pig in Switzerland

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Guinea Pigs (Photo: Sandos/Wikipedia)

Switzerland has an unusual animal welfare law that protects "social animals." It forbids people from keeping just one of any pet that belongs to a social species such as Guinea Pigs. The furry rodents get too lonely without a companion. So, for example, if a guinea pig dies, its owner would be breaking the law by keeping just one remaining pet. Priska Küng came up with a solution for that scenario by setting up a "rent a guinea pig" service. This allows people with only one guinea pig to rent another to keep the surviving pet company. Anchor Lisa Mullins talks to Küng who runs the service in Hinwil, a village near Zürich, Switzerland.