Facebook_off Twitter_off Pinterest Instagram_off Googleplus_off Youtube_off Emailnewsletter

Welcome to DogHeirs, Where Dogs Are Family! Log in or Sign Up


DogHeirs Tshirts

Dogs given new legal status as sentient beings in France

P8010053_thumb By Tamara | April 19, 2014 | Comments (4)


Dogs are no longer personal property but living beings under the law in France. Nearly 700,000 signed a petition against the 1804 law that categorized pets as "movable goods" such as tables and chairs.

The change to the law gives 63 million pets more protection against cruelty and brings the civil law in line with the penal code. The vote occured in the national assembly on Tuesday night still has to be approved by the Senate.

Dogs in Paris
Dogs in Paris. Photo credit: Remy de la Mauviniere

Former education minister Luc Ferry signed the petition and said the Napoleonic legislation was "absurd". He said, "No one has ever tortured a clock. Animals suffer, they have emotions and feelings. It is not a question of making animals subjects of the law…but simply of protecting them against certain forms of cruelty."

The changes also means that couples can contest custody in a divorce and claim compensation for suffering caused to a pet accidental injuries. People will also be allowed to leave their inheritances to their pets.

View more articles in: Advocacy and Animal Welfare

You may also like

Quebec bill changes animals from "property" to sentient beings and includes jail time for cruelty

Animals will be considered “sentient beings” instead of property in a bill tabled in the Canadian province of Quebec. The legislation states that "animals are not things. They are sentient beings and have biological needs." Agriculture Minister Pierre Paradis proposed the bill and wants to change Quebec's infamous image as a haven for puppy mills The legislation specifies that animals have biological needs and includes fines of up to $250,000 for those who are cruel...
Read more

Lungworm / French Heartworm: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

French Heartworm or Lungworm, as it is commonly referred to in the United Kingdom, is caused by a parasitic nematode (roundworm or lungworm), Angiostrongylus vasorum. The roundworm infects dogs and other canine species, such as foxes and wolves, and causes canine angiostrongylosis. Dogs of all ages and breeds can become infected with French Heartworm / Lungworm. However, younger dogs seem to be more prone to picking up the parasite. Finding Angiostrongylus vasorum in a dog...
Read more

Tougher dogfighting laws in Michigan bring up to 20 years in jail and $100,000 fines

Beginning this month, dogfighting in Michigan will carry much heavier sentences. Dogfighting can be prosecuted and carry sentences of up to 20 years in jail and fines of $100,000. The new legislation is the toughest in the United States and was signed into law in December 2012 by Gov. Rick Snyder. Vicki Deisner, ASPCA's state director for the Midwest told the Lansing State Journal that "Michigan is out ahead on this one". Prior to the...
Read more

North Carolina House passes bill to allow rescuers to save dogs left in hot cars

North Carolina House of Representatives has passed a bill to allow rescue workers, animal control officers and firefighters, permission to break in and save dogs left in hot cars. The bill outlines that emergency responders would be able to use any reasonable means to enter a vehicle if they suspect an animal is at risk.  Officials would be able to respond if they feel "conditions that are likely to cause suffering, injury, or death to...
Read more

Orphaned baby foxes fostered by Akit Inu dog (VIDEO)

Jashi and Joshi were two orphaned fox kits found in the countryside of Audeloncourt, France in 2007. An Akit Inu named Hiromi became their foster mother. When the two foxes grew up they went back into the wild. Later on, Jashi became a mother of her own on and came back to vist her adopted home for a short time to eat, get food for her babies, and to say 'hello' to her mother. In...
Read more

Comments on this Article

Brilliant! Now how about the same deal for Pigs, Cows and chickens?
lol.. Sue Carver.. but really interesting point.....
Does this mean it'll be illegal for pounds to euthanize stray dogs?
I will applaud this as a step in the right direction, but as far as giving animals more protection under the law there is still a long way to go. It's great that the archaic napoleonic classification has been changed in this category of French civil law, but remember that the two other texts of French law, rural and penal, already describe animals as sentient being. The European Union's Lisbon Treaty designated farm animals as sentient being in 2009 in the fight against factory farming. The French people should count this as a victory if passed by the senate for it is a step in the right direction, but know that there is still a ways to go. I think one thing that should catch the eye of French politicians and law makers here is that the vast majority of the French population wants better laws to protect animals. French families know in their hearts and minds that dogs are family, and they want their laws to better represent those members of their family that they consider vulnerable under present law.
» View all comments

Add Your Comment!

Log in to leave a comment or Create an account

Spring Sale on T-Shirts

Must See

Follow DogHeirs

Also find us on: DogHeirs on Twitter DogHeirs on Pinterest DogHeirs on Instagram DogHeirs on Google+

Copyright 2015 DogHeirs