Interesting Facts About Animal Rights in Different Countries

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Each time I walked past a homeless animal, I wondered several times. Why is there so much goodwill on the street? Trying to grasp, how did it happen, I remember where I am and curiously enough everything is falling into place. Don’t worry, I’m not going to cause any controversy about it, I just want to talk to you about the existing laws, protecting the rights of animals which, although they are not usual in our society, but then I would like to see us.

About animal rights in different countries:


In Italy, previously every year, people 350 of the thousands of dogs and cats. To stop this vicious practice, a law was passed a few years ago, by which person, animal thrown, wait – one year imprisonment and a fine of ten thousand euros. If the owner, according to people (e.g. neighbors), is not sensitive enough to the animal, then he can be fined 500 euro. In addition to the above, the Italian city of Turin has introduced additional sanctions: dog owners, walking their pets less than three times a day, faces a fine 500 euro; if they have not cleaned their dog’s excrement in the street – always 700; dog abuse – a fine of three thousand euros with the prospect of ending up in jail. But that’s not all.

Fish are also taken care of in Italy. It is forbidden for pet shops to sell them in plastic bags, and keep the owners in round aquariums. According to animal rights activists, the vessel’s convex shape distorts the fish’s line of sight, which could impair its vision.


According to the new law, pets in Switzerland are not a stupid creature, whose opinion does not need to be taken into account. If earlier, for example, the owners divorced, then a cat or dog, as another property, happened to some of the divorces. And the desire of the animals was ignored.

Now the judge, as is the case with children, will appreciate, with which spouse the animal will get better. This takes into account the conditions of detention, and the sympathy of the animal itself. If someone hurts a pet, then he is obliged to heal it at the clinic, even if the cost of the treatment is several times higher than the cost of the animal itself.

If a person finds a lost cat or dog, he is obliged to report it to the authorities and try to find its owner. If after a few months the owner does not appear, a man can take a foundling for him, but before that you must pass the pet care examination.


In this country it is illegal to keep livestock such as leashed cows, goats, horses, attract wild predators to circus shows (panthers, lions, tigers, etc.), keep poultry in narrow enclosures, and you can’t keep puppies in pet stores, kittens and birds in stuffy windows. In addition, you cannot kill the animal without anesthesia . If the authorities discover certain violations of the law, they have the right to remove the animal, and a substantial fine to the owner – from 2 to 15 thousand dollars.


There are no stray animals in the Netherlands. And all this because, the country has such laws: how every family should think first, and only then have a pet, pay a big tax; severe and severe penalties for animal abuse (for animal abuse, prison for 3 years and well 17000 euro); And mass sterilization of animals is mandatory. This is not only a reason for many of us to think.

New Zealand

New Zealand has the same laws, as in the Netherlands, and in addition, it is forbidden for research organizations to conduct animal experiments, and for all residents of the country there is a ban on hunting game.


Germany, no matter how it sounds: has become the first state in the world, where animal rights with 2002 years are protected by the constitution of the country. And now I will express some main laws, which every citizen of this country has to observe. Euthanasia is forbidden here, at least for healthy animals. Moreover, animals are subject to a compulsory license.

After all, if you have made a four-legged friend and you have not issued documents for him, then this is considered an offence and has serious consequences. There is also a fee for animals. The amount of the tax is usually 100-150 euro per year.

The fee for the second and subsequent dogs will be 200-300 euro, regardless of the size of the animal. But the most interesting thing is that the tax on cats is much lower… There is a system of state shelters (financed from the state budget), which are supervised by the local branches of animal protection societies. They all operate on the principle of “unlimited admission”. In addition, animal rights activists attach great importance to the issues of teaching the population the correct and humane treatment of animals .

Animal protection school courses, organized under the auspices of animal protection organizations, already over 20 years are included in the compulsory school curriculum. The state, together with the animal protection associations, tries to convince people, who want to buy a dog or a cat, not to choose a purebred animal, but in half-breed or simple language, on the mongrel.

Another important law is the keeping of an animal in a closed car . The police have the perfect right to break glass, get the poor man, and fine his owner. And the last point. The landlord cannot ask the tenant to immediately dispose of the animal, if at the time of signing the lease there was no ban on keeping cats and dogs in the house. And even in houses, where keeping animals is prohibited, residents have the right to bring and keep cats and dogs “as guests” for three months.


Almost the same laws work in Spain, as in the countries I mentioned earlier. But in addition, the country has a particularly respectful attitude towards monkeys, dolphins and other highly developed animals.

They must be kept in very good conditions, it is forbidden to use them in circus shows, experiments cannot be carried out on them and, of course, they cannot be hunted.


Well, how could one go through India, because it is this country which considers, that all animals are sacred and have a soul, but in the animal pantheon, the sacred cow occupies the main place. If someone saw the “ownerless” Burenka on the street, he would have to take it to the police, and if the cow dies because of someone’s malicious intent or without it, the culprit will go to jail for 14 years! Cruel treatment of pets is punished in the country with a large fine, and for hunting wild animals, “resting on prison bunks” is set for a period of seven years. It is also worth canceling, that India has become the first country in the world, recognized the rights of dolphins.

United States

Although the situation for homeless animals in the United States is still difficult, many laws have already been passed in the United States that improve the situation. The first and one of the main ones. All animals must be spayed or neutered.

Disobedience is punishable by a $500 fine or forced labor. The exceptions are – winners and champions of various shows, service animals and those, whom breeders use. Second. An owner may not have more than nine pets. In addition, some U.S. states have their own laws : For example, dog and cat fights are prohibited in North Carolina…

In Alaska, you cannot carry dogs in the trunk of a car and walk them, tied to the trunk with a rope. And in Illinois, it is forbidden for dogs to bark more than 15 minutes.

In Oklahoma, it will be punished, who will tease the dog. And in the state of Connecticut, it is forbidden to train pets .


In Greece, so for sure, every animal must have its own chip and be registered with the municipality. In this case, the owner of the animal pays a one-time payment of three thousand euros. It is forbidden to sell or give away an animal without a chip.

If, for any reason, a person is forced to abandon a pet, he must bring it to the municipality, so that it can be tied up or in good hands, either at the shelter. If the owner has lost a pet, you must report it within five days.

If someone is caught in a bad attitude towards a pet, the public prosecutor’s office is obliged to seize the animal. At the same time, the person receives one year in prison and a fine of 15 thousand euros. He also enters the “black list”, and loses the opportunity to have a pet in the future.

For stealing someone’s animal, the thief is sentenced to six months in prison and a fine of three thousand euros. This is how it is, animals are far from being the worst presented by society, and even vice versa, in some countries they live happily ever after. I hope we will soon have something similar.