Legally speaking: are animals just things?

You may have already heard about it: legally speaking are animals to be seen us things. But is this true? What’s the matter about this affirmation? The German Civil Code (BGB) contains a provision in § 90a BGB that contains regulations concerning animals. The provision is based on the idea that an animal, as a […]

The 5-Fs Rules on Animal Welfare

Did you know that the European Commission has been promoting animal welfare for a long time in order to improve the lives of farms animals?  In times when environmental friendly and animal welfare is become every day more important, you’ll may be asking yourself wether the European Union is really doing something in order to […]

“Hundesteuer” – German Tax on Dogs

German Tax on Dogs: Tell me more about it! Almost everywhere in Germany, dog owners have to pay taxes for their fur-friends. The only people exempt from paying these taxation on dogs are: shepherds, dog breeders or blind people or more generally explained: those who need their dog for their job or for living, or […]

German Animal law

About 23 million pets live nowadays in Germany. Statistically, every second household now has at least one animal. Nevertheless, most of these people are not aware that they also assume a special legal responsibility in their capacity as pet owners. The following points are important in general animal law: Animal Liability Law in Germany Public […]

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