Today, modern society has shown a strong and growing concern for the welfare and protection of animals. Not only do we care about our beloved pets who greet us every day after a hard day at work and make us feel loved, but we’re also becoming more aware of endangered animal species which we have to protect in order for them not to become instinct.

Countries all over the world are passing laws to protect animals, their rights, and also to raise public awareness. We here at Bored Panda have selected 10 interesting and important laws that protect animals all over the world. We must admit that some of them are hard to believe it’s true!

So scroll down the page and find out the most interesting of them all!

#1

New Zealand Has Officially Recognized That Animals Are Sentient

New Zealand Has Officially Recognized That Animals Are Sentient

New Zealand is considered to be one of the leaders in the field of animal welfare and protection. According to World Animal Protection, the New Zealand Animal Welfare Strategy states that animals are sentient, therefore, all should refer to their pain, distress, and their behavioral needs. As of now, causing animal suffering through cruelty or failure to act is prohibited, as well as studies and experiments on animals. Also, there are requirements to limit or prevent harm caused to particular animals such as marine mammals and game animals.

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C
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1 year ago

Yess!!!!!!

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#2

In Poland, Anyone Who Finds An Abandoned Dog Or Cat Is Required To Notify An Animal Shelter, Fire Authority, Or Police

In Poland, Anyone Who Finds An Abandoned Dog Or Cat Is Required To Notify An Animal Shelter, Fire Authority, Or Police

According to World Animal Protection, if you find an abandoned dog or cat in Poland, you’re required to notify an animal shelter, fire authority, or police. Then the abandoned dog or cat will not have to wander and starve on the streets. Also, commercial breeding of cats and dogs is prohibited.

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Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch
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1 year ago

These are good, sensible laws. Particularly the commercial breeding one.

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In Virginia, Stealing A Dog Can Be Punishable By Up To 10 Years In Jail

In Virginia, Stealing A Dog Can Be Punishable By Up To 10 Years In Jail

As we mentioned before, in many U.S. states, dogs are viewed as property by law even though people consider them to be their family members. Therefore when someone steals a dog, in the eyes of the law, it will not be kidnapping and in the majority of the cases, the person can get away with it. Nevertheless, according to Tingen & Williams, it won’t be that easy in Virginia as stealing 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.

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Yvonne Bernal
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1 year ago

They ought to give the same fine for dumping off dogs (or other animals). If they can prove you dumped the dog, then you should do the time. How terrible and heartbreaking to leave an animal and all of a sudden they are left to fend for themselves, find food and a place out of the cold, heat or otherwise

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#4

In Alaska, When One Wants To Divorce Their Spouse, The Judge Decides Who Gets The Animal

In Alaska, When One Wants To Divorce Their Spouse, The Judge Decides Who Gets The Animal

In most U.S. states when a married couple decides to get a divorce, their pets are treated the same way as property no different than TVs or cars even though they’re considered to be family members. However, according to the Washington Post, in 2017, Alaska became the first state to change this matter and its divorce laws. Now, in case of divorce and legal separation, the animals are treated almost the same way as the children: the judge determines who will get custody of the pet taking into consideration what’s best for them.

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Kateri
Community Member
1 year ago

Anyone else want to just reach through the screen to pet this cat? It's hair just looks so soft.

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#5

Russia Bans Animal Cruelty

Russia Bans Animal Cruelty

This year, Russia is taking a big step in reducing animal cruelty. According to the Moscow Times, the new law bans petting zoos in malls, animal cafes, animal fights, housing animals in bars and restaurants. Also, the killing of stray cats and dogs. This law was originally introduced in 2010, however, it took legislators eight years to finalize the act. Even though the law has been highly criticized for many loopholes, the state will define it at a later date.

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Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch
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1 year ago

No word on when Russia plans to ban cruelty to journalists and opposition politicians?

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#6

In The Netherlands, People Have To Pay An Annual Dog Tax

In The Netherlands, People Have To Pay An Annual Dog Tax

The Netherlands is aiming to become the first country where there are no stray animals. According to Expatica, most 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. All dogs must be registered with the local town hall. The tax was set in order to make people even more responsible when making the decision to get a pet.

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Elizabeth
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1 year ago

I have no issue with this, it might help stop animal hoarders

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#7

In The UK, The Maximum Sentence For Animal Cruelty Will Be Five Years In Prison

In The UK, The Maximum Sentence For Animal Cruelty Will Be Five Years In Prison

According to Independent, the UK confirmed that the maximum sentence for animal cruelty will increase. The maximum fine 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. This will surely prevent some serious animal cruelty cases.

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わsp
Community Member
1 year ago

The punishment should be to suffer the same abuse that the animal suffered plus 20 or more years in prison. I thought the title said this post would restore my faith in humanity. Giving an animal abuser 5 years doesn't cut it.

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In Germany, The Fine For Killing A Protected Animal Can Vary Up To 25,000 Euros

In Germany, The Fine For Killing A Protected Animal Can Vary Up To 25,000 Euros

Germany is also considered to be an animal-loving country with its animal protection laws. According to World Animal Protection, the fine for killing a protected animal can vary up to 25,000 euros and that’s a lot of money! Fun fact: wasps are protected in Germany since they don’t do any harm and also help clean the environment. However, you don’t need to worry about killing a single wasp in Germany and then getting a 25,000 euro fine as the fine would usually be imposed only if you got rid of the whole nest.

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Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch
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1 year ago

Interesting photo choice. Pitt-bulls (and related variants) were officially prohibited in Germany in 2001.

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#9

In Turin, A Dog Owner Is Fined If He Walks The Dog Less Than Three Times A Day

In Turin, A Dog Owner Is Fined If He Walks The Dog Less Than Three Times A Day

It might be no surprise but Italy considers itself to be a very animal-loving country as in many cities, animals are protected by law. However, one city in Italy stands out for its laws on animal welfare. According to Environmental News Network, in Turin, dog owners who walk their pets less than 3 times a day can be fined 500 euros ($650). Hard to believe? Animal lovers are also prohibited from dyeing their pet’s fur or “any form of animal mutilation” as the city doesn’t want Italians to turn their pets into ridiculous fluffy toys!

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Enuya
Community Member
1 year ago

I know I'm minority here but I do not like this one. Firstly - it is very hard to check, if somebody walks their dog or not. Most likely in most of cases it will be a "word against word" - not really like it should work. Secondly: “any form of animal mutilation” is veeeeery vague term - it leads straight to many over-interpretations. I see this law as an potential excuse to abuse people who we have a grudge against, not as a real way to improve pet happiness.

Aunt Messy
Community Member
1 year ago

I live in a very “doggy” neighbourhood in Chicago. YES most dogs get walked morning, noon, and evening, and often later in the night. That’s what dogs require. If you don’t want to do that, don’t get a dog.

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NotMe
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1 year ago

How does anyone walk their dog +3 times a day with a full-time job? Seriously asking.

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1 year ago

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C
Community Member
1 year ago

This is actually excessive.

Hallie
Community Member
1 year ago

Agreed, I've owned dogs with physical issues that wouldn't cope with 3 walks a day. Would that still be open to a fine I wonder.

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Christina Sersif
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1 year ago

That's a bit extreme. Twice maybe once in the morning and night, but people have jobs you know. They can't just leave work just to walk their dog.

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago

My parents in law owned a mastiff - he did one walk a day and it was impossible to convince him to go out when it was raining.. how do you move a 95 kg dog against his will?

HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK
Community Member
1 year ago

Hmmm, not so sure about this, some dogs are different than others, some are old and don't need as much exercise, an elderly owner may not get out three times a day, mine get walked at least 4 times a day but that's because they are young and we have the time. How on earth do you monitor something like this anyway?

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

My dog is 13 years old with hip dysplasia. She falls going up or down the stairs. This would be torture for her.

Elizabeth
Community Member
1 year ago

Does a 90 second walk around the block to make sure they poop count? If so, cool! If not, I'm screwed

Random Panda
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1 year ago

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That's actually horrible, dogs need exercise.

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Monica Michelle
Community Member
1 year ago

Us disabled people are screwed

Andy Pants
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't get a pet you can't care for

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Shelp
Community Member
1 year ago

How is it controlled?

Harleen
Community Member
1 year ago

CORGI BUTT <3

Zoe's Mom
Community Member
1 year ago

It doesn't state how long you must walk a dog. Zoe gets out 3 to 4 times a day but I work from home. Her longest is the 2nd time out; to the dog park. We sometimes walk a total of 2 to 3.5 hours in a day.

Hilarious
Community Member
1 year ago

Can you say "Big Government" intrusion?

Nya Crea Singer
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm Italian, lived in Italy for half of my life and I never heard of this

Kai Wendorf
Community Member
1 year ago

what is it is a college student? think about it....

Kai
Community Member
1 year ago

But... some ppl cant walk three times a day the dog. In my case, I make an hour walk every mornign and night, during the day my dogs know he is alone taking care of the house. He is happy and healthy. I don't get this law.

Eldaras LK
Community Member
1 year ago

You have to be at home all days, when you can work?

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1 year ago

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Full Name
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1 year ago

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Does removing genitals count as mutilation? It 100% is mutilation, but I'm willing to bet the law turns a blind eye to that.

Kai
Community Member
1 year ago

It is a medical surgery, done for the health of the dog. Probably this law is excepted in that cases.

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#10

In Oklahoma, The Dog Owner Is Fully Responsible For Any Injuries His Dog Might Cause

In Oklahoma, The Dog Owner Is Fully Responsible For Any Injuries His Dog Might Cause

Oklahoma has seriously strict laws in regards to dog bites! According to AllLaw, 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. And that’s a really long time! The dog owner is responsible for any injuries his dog causes even if the owner didn’t know that his dog might bite another person or simply act this way. However, the good news is that the dog owner might raise a few defenses if the injured person provoked the dog.

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Enuya
Community Member
1 year ago

This one should be applied to children and their parents too. (I know that in theory it is, but in reality...)

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