Vital advances for animals in France are finally taking shape! The law against animal abuse has passed its final stage and has just been approved by both parliamentary chambers. It signs the programmed end of wild animals in circuses and dolphinariums (with unfortunately exceptions to be fought), prohibits the sale of puppies and kittens in animal shops by 2024 and acts the definitive closure of farms producing fur in wild animals.
These measures have been awaited for decades by all animal rights activists and the majority of the French public, and they follow years of campaigning by PETA and other associations.
Fur: the immediate closure of fur farms
France is finally joining the long list of countries committed to the production of fur ! In addition to the immediate closure of the last mink farm, the new law prohibits the establishment of any new breeding of wild animals for fur. At a time when most of the great creators have got rid of this cruel material - including the illustrious French group Kerin g quite recently - it is clear that the production of this one no longer has its place in our country.
This announcement follows years of PETA campaigning against fur, and is in line with the overwhelming majority of the population who oppose the cruel practices engendered by this industry - according to an Ifop poll, 91% of French people declare themselves opposed to the fur trade. Thank you to all those who took action: nearly 60,000 of you signed our petition for the end of these breeding operations, a measure that had also been requested by Sophie Marceau, Lolita Lempicka, Hélène de Fougerolles, Marilou Berry and many other personalities.
If it is to be regretted that this decision does not concern so-called "domestic" animals - such as Orylag rabbits bred and killed for their fur or those abused for the angora - it still marks a historic advance and will further precipitate the decline of the trade already on the end of the fur.
The exploitation of cetaceans in captivity in marine parks prohibited within 5 years
Within five years, the keeping and breeding of cetaceans in captivity will no longer be permitted, as well as their participation in shows - a far too long period and a measure containing exceptions that risk emptying it of its substance. Two establishments (Planète Sauvage, Marineland) have a total of 21 dolphins and four orcas in France. Unfortunately, despite the announcement by Barbara Pompili about a marine sanctuary to welcome them (so that they do not end their life in these miserable basins) this measure was not retained in the final text and passed the application period of 5 years, some parks could continue to imprison animals subject to ministerial permissions. Stay tuned, up close.
Prohibition of keeping wild animals in circuses within 7 years
Our government is finally signing the gradual end to the exploitation of wild animals in traveling circuses , the culmination of a long-term struggle on the part of PETA and numerous animal defense associations. Already prohibited in most of our neighbors (Italy, Belgium, United Kingdom, etc.), circuses which confine, transport and force wild animals to perform will no longer be authorized on the whole of French territory within 7 years. too long a delay for the animals who continue to suffer a daily life of misery. New acquisitions of animals and reproduction will be prohibited within 2 years, while this measure, to be logical, should be immediate. This long application time will only contribute to the difficulty of placing all these animals in suitable structures.
This programmed ban meets the expectations of the French population, 67% in favor of circuses with wild animals being banned , and was eagerly awaited by the ever-increasing number of municipalities who no longer want to welcome these cruel circuses. More than 40,000 compassionate people had signed our petition carried by David Hallyday against the captivity of wild animals in circuses, and thousands of messages were sent by PETA and its supporters - as well as actress Pamela Anderson - to the mayors of France. , including Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, to ask them to refuse establishments exploiting animals.
The sale of dogs and cats in pet stores prohibited in 2024
We applaud the decision to ban the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores , a measure requested for years by animal rights associations. The limitation of online sales has also been enshrined in law, a good first step, but which does not go far enough at a time when shelters in France are crumbling under the number of abandoned animals.
The next step is the outright ban on the sale, barter and donation of animals online, a practice that leads to numerous abuses (mistreatment, neglect, abandonment) and which contributes to animal overpopulation by making production profitable. kittens and puppies when so many loving and loving individuals are already waiting for a family.
More than 100,000 dogs and cats are abandoned each year in France, making our country the European champion. By sterilizing our pets and choosing to always resort to adoption and never buy animals from pet stores or breeders, each of us can work for a world where every animal will have a loving home. and stable.
Higher penalties for mistreatment and the end of pony rides
The penalties for acts of cruelty to an animal have been increased (3 years imprisonment and a fine of € 45,000 in the event of serious abuse (compared to 2 years and € 30,000 currently), and 5 years and € 75,000 in fine in the event of the animal's death), as well as those for abandoning an animal with an aggravating circumstance.
Finally, an article reinforces the criminalization of abuse of a sexual nature on animals by henceforth sanctioning the recording, possession and dissemination of zoopornographic images.
Another very good measure written into the law is the ban on pony carousels, those cruel attractions where ponies are tied up all day long under a blazing sun or on the contrary in the cold and in the rain, sometimes without water or water. protection from the elements, for entertainment purposes.