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Swiss animal welfare to focus on transparency in future

The Swiss Society for the Protection of Animals (STS) wants to restore the trust of its 70 or so sections and donors through transparency. Internal processes and figures are to be disclosed in future, as interim President Piero Mazzoleni said.

In an interview with SonntagsBlick published on Sunday, Mazzoleni said that the association wants to communicate the decisions of the central board clearly in future. "We need calm now, the disputes must come to an end," said the Ticino native.

The STS delegates elected Mazzoleni as temporary president at the end of January. Prior to this, various sections had requested the immediate removal of President Nicole Ruch. The certification body for non-profit organizations advised against donations to the association. Mazzoleni told the newspaper that he could not yet say whether donations had been canceled. "The image has certainly suffered greatly."

While a search committee looks for his successor, Mazzoleni wants to restore the credibility of the STS. "I'm 72, I certainly won't be in office forever," he said. He will probably lead the association until the next ordinary meeting in a year's time.

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