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Animal Rights: French Government Adopts a Progressive Animal Abuse Law

France bans dogs and cats sale, mink farming, wild animals in captivity, and much more

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Ishita Chakraborty
Ishita Chakraborty
Ishita Chakraborty is a computer engineer, a journalist in training, a social activist, a youth activist for PETA India, and a linguaphile. She covers social issues, UN initiatives, and diversity.

FRANCE: Recently, the French Senate adopted the conclusions of the joint committee on the proposed law aimed at combating animal abuse and strengthening the link between animals and humans.

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Even if some elected officials and associations regret the exclusion of certain points from the initial bill, the Law against animal abuse is a progressive ban on wild animals in circuses and dolphinariums, commercial sale of dogs and cats in pet stores, tougher penalties for animal abuse and abandonment. The law was adopted with the great majority.

Main provisions that were adopted

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The bill includes several measures to combat the mistreatment of domestic animals and captive wild animals and improve their conditions of detention. It was enriched by deputies and senators. A national consultative commission for captive wildlife has been created with the minister responsible for nature protection. 

An amendment makes it an offense to deliberately kill a domestic or tamed animal. However, exceptions are provided for local traditions such as bullfighting in particular. New provisions suppress zoophilia and zoopornography on domestic animals in a better manner.

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Under France’s new animal welfare law, the use of wild animals in T.V. shows, nightclubs, private entertainment will be strictly prohibited. Live aquatic shows will also be banned. The highly famous mink farms will also be shut down permanently. 

By 2026, owning wild animals will be considered illegal. According to the new law, the maximum penalty for animal rights violations in France will be  €75,000 ($85,000) and five years in prison.

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Tightened penalties will be imposed on animal mistreatment or abuse that may be aggravated, especially when the acts are committed in the presence of a child.

Along with this, to avoid mistreatment and abandonment of animals, French lawmakers will place limitations on pet sales. Any person who wishes to purchase a pet has to wait for a week.

The scenario of animal rights violation around the world

Animals are an essential part of our environment. In order to protect and balance our ecosystem, it is very important to focus on animal welfare. Despite awareness programs being held by several animal-support organizations, many people rarely give a second thought to the welfare of animals. Animal rights violation is critically impacting our society.

Apart from using animals for entertainment purposes, there are many other scenes of animal rights violations around the world. Animals are used for the clothing industry, trophy hunting, puppy mills, trading, illegal sports, experiments, etc.

As per the current law, by 2024, the use of all wild animals in circuses will be prohibited. This law will have a drastic impact as there are around 120 circus owners in France,

Around the world, animals fight for their lives every day. The innocent animals are enslaved, mutilated, confined in small cages, beaten, and kept chained for the entertainment of humans.

For conducting scientific experiments, the poor silent creatures are poisoned, blinded, burned, electrocuted, skinned alive, and strangled.

In the United States, around 8.5 billion chickens, 33 million cows, and 112 million pigs are brought every year for consuming them.

Also Read: India to Focus on Local Birds and Animals in Zoos as Priority Species for Conservation

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  • Ishita Chakraborty

    Ishita Chakraborty is a computer engineer, a journalist in training, a social activist, a youth activist for PETA India, and a linguaphile. She covers social issues, UN initiatives, and diversity.

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