Animal laws at national level - France
(anti-cruelty, protection and welfare)



Penal Code, Art. 521-1 & 521-2

Adopted in:


Last amended:

5 oct. 2006


French Civil Code


Art. 515-14: “Animals are living beings gifted with sentience. Subject to the laws that protect the animals, they are subjected to the regime of goods.” (Unofficial translation in English)

Code civil
Art. 515-14 :
Les animaux sont des êtres vivants doués de sensibilité. Sous réserve des lois qui les protègent, les animaux sont soumis au régime des biens.



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