As well as voluntary efforts, there are strict laws and regulations for correct animal husbandry according to species. Animals are kept in conditions which meet their needs. Calves, for example, are not tethered until the age of four months, and they have water and roughage freely available to them. Cattle regularly spend time outside their sheds. Independent checks guarantee this quality.
Animal protection is a public and political concern for the state, and is based on ethical standards. The extent of animal protection afforded always demonstrates a compromise between commercial interests and protection. Swiss animal protection legislation was completely revised in 2008. During the revision, particular efforts were made in the aim of tightening up and streamlining measures at the appropriate level, as well as creating new emphasis on information and training.