A member of the Swiss Green Party has resigned after saying that farmed pigs have no chance of survival, unlike Jews at Auschwitz concetration camp.
40-year-old politician Jonas Fricker has criticized transportation of animals sent to slaughter by comparing it to the deportation of the Jews during World War II.
The controversial remark was said during a debate on a fair food initiative at the National Council last week.
The Green Party politician, who is currently a member of the Committee on Science, Education and Culture, revelead that the comparison came to his mind when he watched a documentary about farmed animals.
“The deported people had only a small chance of survival. The pigs are condemned to certain death,” said the MP at the event.
He later admitted that his analogy was ‘offensive and inappropriate’, and he apologized in an open letter to his party.
Fricker mentioned in his letter that he believes the Holocaust to be a ‘gruesome crime that bears no comparison’.
The politician announced his resignation shortly after, highlighting that ‘surrendering the mandate is the strongest signal’ he can send.
Fricker’s apologies have been accepted by the official representatives of the Swiss Jewish communities – and his fellow party members have applauded his resignation.
In a recent social media post, the politician also wrote: “We’re all just people, and I’m sure you understand that I need to rest now.”