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

Germany
Animal Welfare Act
Tierschutzgesetz

Adopted in:
2006
Last amended:
07.08.2013

Official original version
English version (as for 2011)

 

German Civil Code (BGB)
Provision:
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.

English version
Original version

 

Basic law of the Federal Republic of Germany
Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Adopted in:
1949
Last amended:
2002
Principle:
Animal protection
Provision:
Art.20, a):
[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."

English version
Original version (German)

 

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