France approved this Thursday a bill to “fight animal abuse”, which prohibits the sale of young dogs and cats in pet shops and the progressive presence of wild animals in circuses.
Pets are not “neither toys, nor goods, nor consumer products,” according to Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie, who on Twitter celebrated “an important advance” in the fight against the abandonment of these animals.
One Frenchman out of two owns a pet, but every year about 100,000 are abandoned. The proposal approved this Thursday by the Senate, after the approval of Parliament, thus toughens the penalties for mistreatment or abandonment.
The fact of Willfully killing a pet will be considered a crime and not a simple infraction. Those convicted of ill-treatment must attend an awareness course.
To avoid impulse purchases, future owners of the animals must obtain a “certificate of commitment and knowledge “.
The sale of kittens of dogs and cats in pet stores will be prohibited as of January 1, 2024. These will no longer be displayed in shop windows and their online sale will be better regulated.
The main stumbling block of the text, negotiated for almost a year between the two chambers, was the future of the thousand wild animals present in the 120 traveling circuses, which will no longer be able to exhibit them in two years or possess them in seven.
In the case of dolphinariums in France, which have 21 dolphins and 4 orcas, they will no longer be able to possess these cetaceans within five years.
It is an arbitrary law since there is no animal abuse in our circuses, “William Kerwich, president of the sector union, told AFP, who announced a” mobilization “as of Monday.
However, for the Animalist Party, environmentalists and some leftist groups, the law does not go far enough to fight against animal abuse as a whole.
“Much remains to be done, especially against factory farming,” lamented environmental senator Daniel Salmon. The radical left MP Bastien Lachaud for his part pointed to the hunt, which has been “spoiled”.
“The day will inevitably come when (…) we will be able to discuss sensitive issues, such as certain hunting practices, such as bullfights or certain livestock practices,” Loïc Dombreval, rapporteur for the text in Parliament and a member of the party, said on Tuesday. ruler.
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