Fight Activist Discrimination

No one should be discriminated against for having a vegan lifestyle and for speaking out on behalf of animals. Author, journalist, and activist Nancy Holten was denied Swiss citizenship for defending the rights of animals in the media.

Nancy Holten has lived in Switzerland since she was eight years old and now has Swiss-born children of her own. She has campaigned tirelessly for animals in her Swiss town of Gipf-Oberfrick, and was described as "annoying" by residents because she condemns Swiss traditions such as cows being forced to wear cowbells and racing piglets. Is this how people who defend animals should be rewarded?

Holten defended her actions to local media, "Many people think that I am attacking their traditions. But that was not what it was about. It was never about that. What primarily motivated me about the cowbells was the animals' welfare. The animals carry around five kilograms around their neck. It causes friction and burns to their skin. The sound that cowbells make is a hundred decibels. It is comparable to a pneumatic drill. Would we want such a thing hanging close to our ears?"

Her application has moved up the ladder to a central government agency, which can overturn the ban regardless of local objections. Please support Nancy and the animals she defends by sending the letter below. Let's unite in solidarity on behalf of a fellow activist!

Read more about Nancy’s story here.

What you can do:



Please send the letter below to the government official who is responsible for granting Nancy Holten's citizenship request.

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  • Anja Kaufmann, Departement Volkswirtschaft und Inneres


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Grant Citizenship to Nancy Holten

Dear [Decision Maker],

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