‘This victory marks a legislative turning point in France, a step forward and an example for other countries. It is also the message we want to send to the candidates of the 2022 elections, to remain ambitious and demanding on the animal issue, and finally respond to the expectations of society’, said Christophe Marie, Brigitte Bardot Foundation’s spokesperson, after the definitive adoption of the animal protection bill by the French Senate last week.
Create awareness of respect for animals in the curriculum of primary education, colleges and secondary schools.
The new animal protection law, which seeks to combat animal abuse, has key points such as:
- An immediate ban on the breeding of mink and other animals raised specifically for their fur
- End of wild animals in circuses
- Ban on keeping cetaceans in dolphinaria
- Increase in fines and sentence times for those convicted of animal cruelty which now goes from 2 to 5 years, and fines from 30,000 euros to 75,000 euros.
- Ban on the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores
- Better regulation of the sale of animals online
- Creation of a ‘sensibilization certificate’ to educate new owner, which should be obtained seven days before any purchase of a pet
- End activities such as the use of ponies in carousels and the exhibition of animals at parties and discos
- Create awareness of respect for animals in the curriculum of primary education, colleges and secondary schools.
SOS Animals Colombia and its member organisations congratulate French animal welfare NGOs for their tireless work for animals. The Brigitte Bardot Foundation, C’est assez, L214, Droit Animal, PETA France, among others have led campaigns against animal cruelty for many years. Today, with the approval of the new animal protection bill, they harvest the fruits of their work.
However, millions of sentient beings are still exploited in France and, as stated by some of the mentioned organisations, challenges remain. To confirm their commitment to animals, France needs to envision a ban on corridas, hunting and stop the production of foie gas, one of the cruellest practices against animals, which is still popular in the country.