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):
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 […]
Animals Regulations for the Entry into the European Union
Regulations on entry with dogs, cats and ferrets into the European Union: are you planning to travel to Germany with your loved one or two? Make sure to make the right steps to allow yourself and your pet to travel without having any legal problem. For the entry with dogs, cats and ferrets from non-EU […]
Rights of a cat living outside of the house – German Law
If your cats lives outside of your home, this article will be interesting for you to read. Have fun with it! Defence claims against stray cats/cats living outside: AG Ahrensburg – Ref.: 49b C 505/21 – Judgment of 15.06.2022 The parties are residents of a German city and are not direct neighbours. It is a general […]
Bee Law in Germany
Yes, you heard that right: Bees also have very important rights. Bee law contains the totality of legal provisions that regulate the legal relationships of beekeeping. Bee law can be roughly divided into private bee law (neighbour law, liability issues, swarm law) and public bee law (permissibility of beekeeping under building law, food law, animal […]
Rights and Duties of a Cat-Owner in Germany
Do I have to have my cat chipped or neutered in Germany? About chipping: No, the law does not explicitly require cats to be chipped or neutered. Chipping or registering cats with a microchip is a quick and simple procedure in which a small transponder is implanted under the skin of the animal. This chip […]
Purchase of an animal: Check-List
Our Check-List: Buy an animal and remember to be safe. In case you are thinking about buying an animal, you shall be aware that in Germany the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture is currently warning against illegal puppy trade. The animals are bred in countries like Poland, the Czech Republic or Hungary under very […]
Regional Dog Register – Lower Saxony Regulation
Dear international dog owner living in Germany: did you know that you have to register your dog in many regions of Germany? As our main office is located in Hanover, we will give you some information about the Regulation of Lower Saxony. According to the Lower Saxony Law on the Keeping of Dogs (NHundG), all […]
Hundeführerschein: The Dog Owner License in Germany
The dog licence is a certificate of competence for you as a dog owner in Germany, with which you can show that you have special knowledge in dealing with dogs. Furthermore, this dog licence provides the information that you have trained your dog well and have it under control, i.e. that the pelt nose is […]
What is Animal Liability Law in Germany?
Again and again animals cause damage to property and persons. Dog bites and riding accidents are just two examples of the many liability cases with which an animal owner may suddenly be confronted. Such events may have serious financial consequences for the owner of the animal in question. The owner of an animal is also […]
Federal Nature Conservation Act – Wolves Decisions
Exceptional permits Düsseldorf Administrative Court, Judgment of 06.05.2021 – 28 K 4055/20 – The district is not obliged to grant a shepherd from a small village a permit to take a female wolf into another. This was the decision of the Administrative Court of Düsseldorf, which dismissed the shepherd’s complaint. A shepherd living in a […]