In 2008, Switzerland made a news-worthy decision about "plants rights" (that says the arbitrary killing of floral is morally wrong) in a report entitled "The Dignity of Living Beings with Regard to Plants." Not exactly sure how to enforce that one, but good job.
Now, 70% of Swiss voters have rejected a proposal that will provide state-funded lawyers to represent animals in court when trying cases of animal cruelty. This isn't exactly a new idea, certain high up politicans in the U.S. have proposed similar things. Needless to say, nothing has been passed. My opinion? Its a not-in-my-backyard or keep-out-of-my-wallet type of proposal. A majority of people are against animal cruelty (otherwise reality pet police shows wouldn't be so popular), but no one wants to pay for the legal expertise to punish the offenders.
Get the scoop here: http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/03/08/no_lawyers_for_swiss_animals