French Pets Receive Legal Status

by Admin on April 21, 2014

Pets in France are no longer just “movable goods” as a result of a bill passed by the National Assembly.
The new bill amends the civil code to describe animals as “living beings capable of feelings,” according to the International Business Times.

The IBT believe that the new law is expected to allow pet owners to claim damages for suffering when their animals are killed.

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This should make it easier to prosecute cases of animal cruelty and help courts to decide who gets custody of cats or dogs when couples divorce.

Some critics have wondered how far the law will go in areas such as animal testing, or in the manufacturing of foie gras. It is not clear whether the law will be for “pets” or “animals”.

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