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Title: Animal Rights/Protection in Germany

Animal Rights/Protection in Germany
  • By Hanna
  • (Gina Halliwell)

Und die Tiere (and the animals)
Und die Tiere
  • Beginning back in 1871, the 1st national law was
    passed, which punished someone if they were
    guilty of animal cruelty.
  • Throughout the years there were several attempts
    to put together a law within the German
    constitution regarding animals.

Hitlers influence on animal protection
  • When the Nazi party began, the Nazi Animal
    Protection Movement started almost immediately
    with it in 1933.
  • Some say Hitler was a vegetarian and that his
    love for animals and his vegetarianism was part
    of the reason for this movement.
  • Hitler loved animals. He played a big part in
    laws that are still in effect
  • Under the Nazi Animal Protection Movement, animal
    research was strictly limited.

Nazi Animal Protection Movement laws
  • One of 1st laws which began under the Nazi Party
    prohibited the mistreatment of animals during
  • Humane slaughter regulations were also enforced
    just as they are today under the newly enforced
    regulations in the constitution.
  • They held conferences on animal protection
  • Under Hitlers request, they also mandated a
    subject in schools that was devoted to the humane
    treatment of animals.
  • Terminally ill pets were also granted euthanasia
    under the Nazi Party laws.

Nazi Animal Protection Movement
  • A man by the name of Hermann Göring stated in
    1933 that he would commit to concentration camps
    those who still think they can treat animals as
  • At the same time the Nazi Party was killing
    people in concentration camps, they were
    obsessing about stopping the suffering of
    lobsters inside Berlin Restaurants.

Und die Tiere (and the animals) cont
  • Finally, on August 1st 2002 Germany became the
    1st country in the European Union to guarantee
    the highest level of protection to its animals.
  • The law is called Tierschutzgesetz.
  • Since then, animals were/are considered part of
    the constitution and also have rights.

Und die Tiere
Wildlife protection in Germany
  • Wildlife remain under their own laws, completely
    pertaining to them as a whole.
  • Germany has very strict guidelines and
    regulations when it comes to hunting and/or the
    disturbance of wildlife habitats in the process.
  • They dont have as much wildlife as we do here in
    North America, but
    because of their forests covering about
    30 of the country many species
    have survived closer to the citied and
    because of the rivers running through a
    lot of areas, they have many
    waterfowls, amphibians and reptiles.

Und die Tiere (and the animals) cont
  • This law also has regulations for the slaughter
    of animals for human food.
  • Slaughter is only allowed to be carried out by a
  • Slaughter is only to be done after the animal has
    been rendered unconscious to keep the slaughter
    as humane as possible.

Und die Tiere (and the animals) cont
  • Specifics regarding animal testing
  • The law says that testing on animals can only be
    done when there is an ethically acceptable amount
    of suffering expected, if any at all.
  • Animal protection advocates are not completely
    satisfied with this because there always seems to
    be a way to work around the law.

What are the consequences for not abiding by the
  • Although not always carried out to its fullest
    potential, there are prison sentences and fines
    for not abiding by the laws.
  • There is a possible 2 year prison sentence for
    being charged guilty of causing animal suffering
    or killing an animal.
  • There is a possible fine of up to 25,000 Euro,
    but some fines have been as little as 7,50 Euro
    in past convictions.

Where does the law fall short?
  • There are three specific areas where the law
    doesnt protect animals as it should
  • Art
  • Because of the Freedom to practice art, animals
    could possibly suffer.
  • Research
  • In the constitution is states that experiments
    are left up to the ethical discretion of the
  • Agriculture
  • Slaughter allowed for human consumption, even if
    not by a professional.

Tierschutzgesetz differences with U.S. laws for
  • In Germany the animal protection is throughout
    the entire country as a whole vs. the United
    States and Canadas laws which vary from state to
    state and are different for certain types of
  • In Germany there are no exceptions the law
    applies to ALL animals the same, from the fish of
    the sea to all the 4 legged animals, they are all

Tierschutzgesetz commonalities with U.S. laws for
  • One commonality is both Germany and the U.S. have
    animal rights activists and protection
    organizations throughout the countries.
  • Another common area is the banning of certain
    breeds such as pit bulls in certain areas.
  • Also not all apartment buildings and rental units
    allow pets, just like in the U.S.

Are there No Kill shelters in Germany?
  • All the shelters in Germany are prohibited from
    euthanizing any animal for lack of space or
    because they cant find the animal a good home.
  • This is based on part of the law that bans all
    killing or causing suffering to any animal
    without sound reason.

Is the German Shepherd really from Germany???
Fun Fact
  • They originated in Germany in 1882.
  • German shepherd dog Deutsche Schäferhunde
  • The German Shepherd was brought to America by its
    breeder in 1907.
  • The original breed was a mix of long-haired,
    short-haired and wire-haired local herding and
    farming dogs.
  • They are from Karlsruhe, Germany.

Should you take your pets with you while
  • Traveling to Germany with pets is something that
    you must be prepared for well in advance.
  • You have to carry your vaccination records with
    you and when you arrive at the border you will be
    asked for proof.
  • - Rabies must be administered
    within the last 12 months, but no sooner
    than 30 days ago.

Pets are very popular in Germany!
  • Pets are so popular in Germany, that you will
    find them on trains, in bookstores and even
    possibly in some restaurants.
  • They are allowed on all public trains, subways
    and buses.
  • They are usually very calm during their travel,
    because they are quite used to it and accepted by
    others without pets as just another person on
    the go.
  • There are certain places that they
    are not allowed
  • - They are not allowed in
    butcher shops and most grocery stores
    because of the ease of access to the
    irresistible foods at their level.

Germany has been referred to as a Heaven for
  • There are also parts of Germany where dogs are so
    popular, that they actually have their own
    swimming pools designated just for dogs. (Dogs
    are the most popular pets in Germany.)

Other popular dog breeds that originated from
Fun Fact
  • Great Danes are from
  • Germany, they were
  • bred in the 1600s and
  • known as chamber dogs (Kammerhunde)
  • One of the most popular dogs in the world today
    are from Germany. We know them as the Rottweiler.
    Sometimes called the Rottweiler Metzgerhund in
  • They originated from the breeding of Roman war
    dogs, local sheep dogs and molloser dogs from the
    small German market town of Rottweil.

Final Conclusion
  • There are many similarities and differences
    between Germany and the U.S. protection of
  • Pets are widely accepted in Germany as part of
  • Germany doesnt seem to be a bad place to be if
    you are a pet from the U.S. and your parents are
    looking to move or if you

are from Germany and just looking for a good
home! ?
Works Cited
  • Article
  • Und die Tiere Constitutional Protection For
    Germanys Animals by Kate M. Natrass
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