Anyone who voluntarily kills a pet animal will be guilty of a real crime. No wild animals in circuses and aquariums. It is forbidden to sell puppies of dogs and cats in shops and to breed minks for fur. This was established by a law definitively adopted by the French parliament against animal abuse. The vote was almost unanimous in the Senate, where the last vote ended with 332 votes in favor, one against and 10 abstentions. Here are the measurements.
It is forbidden to sell cats and dogs in shops
The new law prohibits the sale of dogs and cats in pet shops starting from January 1, 2024. To avoid impulsive purchases, a “certificate of commitment and knowledge” is envisaged with which the buyer undertakes to take care of the ‘animal. It will also be forbidden to display animals in shop windows and online sales will be more regulated.
No to wild animals in circuses and aquariums and their exploitation
The law also provides for a gradual ban on keeping wild animals in circuses and aquariums. In two years there will be a ban on presenting them in public, from 2028 it will be forbidden to keep them in cages. And it decrees the end of the commercial exploitation of wild species: the breeding of American mink and other animals will be banned for the sole purpose of obtaining fur.
Increase the penalties for mistreatment and abandonment
Anyone who voluntarily kills a pet animal will be guilty of a real crime and not liable to fines, as provided for by the law in force until today. Anyone convicted of ill-treatment will have to follow an awareness training course.
Animal rights activists satisfied. The dropouts are 100 thousand every year
Great satisfaction was expressed by the animal rights party, while Loic Dombreval, exponent of President Emmanuel Macron’s La Republique en Marche party and one of the speakers of the text, observed that “the animal condition is neither a whim of the inhabitants of the cities who lack the relationship with nature is not a passing trend, but a theme to which a growing number of French people are sensitive “. “There is still a lot to do”, especially with regard to industrial farming, said Green Senator Daniel Salmon, adding that “we need to change the agricultural model”. Pets “are neither toys nor consumer goods”, emphasized the Minister of Agriculture, Julien Denormandie. One in two Frenchmen own them, but every year around 100,000 animals are abandoned.