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Animal legislations in the world at national level
Animal Laws, Civil Code Provisions and Constitutional Principles

Database by GAL Manager Sabine BRELS and GAL President Antoine F. Goetschel
based on the available existing information online as of
1st of March 2017.

 

Case 1: Countries where no animal welfare legislation was found
Case 2: Countries having basic national laws: anti-cruelty laws (or penal code provisions) and new legislation on animal welfare
Case 3: Countries with a national civil code provision giving a new status to animals.
Case 4: Countries with a basic national law and a provincial civil code provision giving a new status to animals1
Case 5:
Countries with a basic national law and a national civil code provision giving a new status to animals1
Case 6:
Countries with a basic national law and a provincial or local constitutional principle2
Case 7:
Countries with a basic national law and a national constitutional principle2
Case 8:
Countries with a basic national law, a national civil code provision giving a new status to animals1 and a national constitutional principle2

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1 Civil codes provisions giving a new status to animals recognize the sentient nature of animals and/or extract them from the category of things (however they are still subjected to the property regime)

2 Constitutional principles are key provisions recognizing a duty of the State, province or city toward animal beings. Those important principles (e.g: compassion, dignity etc.) differ from more common provisions recognizing only the jurisdiction (eg: national or provincial) to legislate on animal cruelty or animal welfare matters.
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