Animal Welfare Act
German Civil Code (BGB)
Section 90 a):
Animals are not things. They are protected by special statutes.
They are governed by the provisions that apply to things, with the necessary modifications, except insofar as otherwise provided.
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany
[Protection of the natural foundations of life and animals]
Mindful also of its responsibility toward future generations, the state shall protect the natural foundations of life and animals by legislation and, in accordance with law and justice, by executive and judicial action, all within the framework of the constitutional order.
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