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

Law on Animals
Wet van 19 mei 2011, houdende een integraal kader voor regels over gehouden dieren en daaraan gerelateerde onderwerpen (Wet dieren)

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Dutch Civil Code
Book 3 Property law in general
Article 2a:
- 1. Animals are not things.
- 2. Provisions relating to things are applicable to animals, with due observance of the limitations, obligations and legal principles based on statutory rules and rules of unwritten law, as well as of public order and public morality.

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