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Tribunal Decisions

Judgments & Tribunal Decisions sorted by topic – at least in guiding principles – are presented and listed on the following pages. In addition to the guiding principles, summaries of the facts and comments on the judgements can also be found. Comments reflect our opinion and cannot claim to be exhaustive.

Please always remember that every tribunal decision – even a supreme court one – is based on a particular individual case. Generalisations are therefore usually neither possible nor meaningful. Rather, an examination of the individual facts often appears to be necessary.

So far, we have filed the following decisions (judgments and resolutions):

Transport of animals: the last tribunal resolutions

VG Osnabrück confirms ban on cattle transport to Morocco How important is the Animal welfare for slaughtering purposes? Shall Animal welfare be guaranteed by extension of the transport time? The answer, in Germany, it’s yes. Fighting for animal rights? We are the experts you are looking for.  The Osnabrück Administrative Court has rejected an urgent […]

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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 […]

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“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 […]

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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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Compensation for damages: vet costs

ACCIDENT: DOG´S OWNER COMPENSATION Munich Regional Court I (Ref.: 20 O 5615/18) What happen if your dog has been harmed in particular circumstances – such like a car or motorcycle accident? Are you entitled for compensation of damages? Source: www.pixabay.com This was the case of a german employee that used to bring his four-month-old male […]

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Cows and parked vehicles – Liability Issues

The Case The regional court of Koblenz recently had to discuss a really uncommon case (No. 13 S 45/19): the (legal) fight is apparently between a herd of cows and a car driver. As the cattle was driven from the farmer to another pasture, the cows had to pass through a narrow field path, next […]

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Father and sledge dogs´ owner: an oxymoron?

Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main (Case No. 1 UF 170/20) Is it nowadays to be considered an oxymoron, to be a father and also a dog owner? This week we are going to discuss the case of Mr. Veilke and his pack of sledge dogs. The Case Mr. Veilke lives separately from his (ex)wife, […]

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Riding Instructor

The Bonn Regional Court held a riding instructor responsible for assessing the dangers of riding lessons. She gave her pupil a ride in a hall with a training horse. The training horse went through as another rider with stallion used the hall. He asked the teacher for permission beforehand. She allowed it. While the two […]

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Barking at the garden fence

The Higher Regional Court in Celle ruled that dog owners must be held liable for the “wrong” behaviour of their pet at the garden fence. A dog frightened an old lady passing the garden fence with a loud bark. He ran towards the fence and jumped up. The woman fell, so she had to go […]

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Liability issues in the event of a riding accident

Horse owners who leave their animal to third parties are liable for the behaviour of the animal. The BGH ruled that the damages resulting from a riding accident are to be borne by the horse owner if the rider was unsettled by the behaviour of the animal. Bundesgerichtshofs, 06.07.1999, Aktenzeichen: VI ZR 170/98

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