Pets in France are no longer just “movable goods” as a result of a bill passed by the National Assembly. After 678,000 people signed an online petition, MPs decided to review the status of pets.
The new bill amends the civil code to describe animals as "living beings capable of feelings,” according to the .
The IBT believe that the new law is expected to allow pet owners to claim damages for suffering when their animals are killed.
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This should make it easier to prosecute cases of animal cruelty and help courts to decide who gets custody of cats or dogs when couples divorce. The change will bring the civil law into line with the penal code, which sets tough penalties for cruelty to animals.
Pets are legally considered to be property in England so that owners can press charges or claim compensation if they are stolen.
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