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Dr. Michael J. Toscano
Chair, Switzerland


Dr. Michael Toscano is Group Leader of Center for Proper Housing of Poultry and Rabbits (ZTHZ). The ZTHZ, a collaboration between Abteilung Tierschutz (Universität Bern) and the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office, is housed at the Aviforum in Zollikofen where it has access to multiple barns intended for basic and applied research. The site includes a new research barn  that was designed exclusively for the ZTHZ to conduct both large and small scale trials


Switzerland, which has a population of approximately 8.4 million people, was the first nation to ban battery cages in 1992 and currently uses only non-cage systems for laying hens, most of which are aviaries.