It’s clear that in this day and age, our society has shown a strong and growing concern for the welfare and protection of animals. With the growing awareness of endangered animal species, and the ways us humans can do to help our animals and keep them dafe, we have discovered many ways to protect these creatures in order for them not to become instinct.
Laws are being passed every day in different countries to protect animals, their rights, and also to raise public awareness.
Have a look through these 10 interesting and important laws that protect animals all over the world:
1. New Zealand Has Officially Recognised That Animals Are Sentient
World Animal Protection say that the New Zealand Animal Welfare Strategy states that animals are sentient. Causing animal suffering through cruelty or failure to act is prohibited and this also includes studies and experiments on animals.
2. In Poland, Anyone Who Finds An Abandoned Dog Or Cat Is Required To Notify An Animal Shelter, Fire Authority, Or Police
If you come across an abandoned dog or cat in Poland, you’re required to notify an animal shelter as soon as possible. This means the abandoned dog or cat will not have to wander and starve on the streets.
3. In Virginia, Stealing A Dog Can Be Punishable By Up To 10 Years In Jail
In a majority of U.S. states, dogs are viewed as property by law. This means that when someone steals a dog, in the eyes of the law, it will not be kidnapping.
In Virginia, it won’t be as easy to steal a dog is a Class 5 felony which is punishable by up to 10 years in jail regardless of the monetary value of the pet.
4. In Alaska, When One Wants To Divorce Their Spouse, The Judge Decides Who Gets The Animal
Usually, when a married couple decides to get a divorce, their pets are treated the same way as property. In 2017, Alaska became the first state to change this matter and its divorce laws. Now animals are treated almost the same way as the children.
5. Russia Bans Animal Cruelty
Russia now bans petting zoos in malls, animal cafes and housing animals in bars and restaurants. This also includes killing stray cats and dogs.
6. In The Netherlands, People Have To Pay An Annual Dog Tax
The Netherlands amazingly wants to be the first country where there are no stray animals. A lot of cities in the Netherlands have an annual Dog Tax which is calculated depending on the number of dogs in each household and is currently set by the local municipality.
7. In Germany, The Fine For Killing A Protected Animal Can Vary Up To 25,000 Euros
With Germany being an animal loving country, the fine for killing a protected animal can vary up to 25,000 euros.
Even wasps are protected in Germany since they don’t do any harm and also help clean the environment.
8. In The UK, The Maximum Sentence For Animal Cruelty Will Be Five Years In Prison
The UK recently confirmed that the maximum sentence for animal cruelty will increase. It will rise from £5,000 to £20,000 and for more serious cases, the maximum sentence will increase from two to five years in prison.
9. In Turin, A Dog Owner Is Fined If He Walks The Dog Less Than Three Times A Day
One city in Italy stands out for its laws on animal welfare. Now, dog owners who walk their pets less than 3 times a day can be fined 500 euros ($650).
10. In Oklahoma, The Dog Owner Is Fully Responsible For Any Injuries His Dog Might Cause
In Oklahoma if a person gets bitten or injured by a dog, he has two years to file a lawsuit in the state’s civil court system. This means the dog owner is responsible for any injuries his dog causes.