After 200 years of being regarded as “furniture,” domestic animals in France have now received the status of “living beings capable of sensitivity.”
“Living beings capable of sensitivity” – that’s the new status French domestic animals have received, after being regarded as “furniture” in the Civil Code for over two centuries.
Until now, cats and dogs, along with other pets and farm animals, had the same status in the code as an armchair.
However, a two-year fight by the French animal rights organization Fondation 30 Million d’Amis (Foundation of 30 Million Friends) led to change.
“When it was drawn up in 1804, the Civil Code was the reflection of a society where animals didn’t benefit from the same attention as we afford them today,” Reha Hutin, head of the group, as quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
Two hundred years ago, she added, the animals were viewed as “an agricultural force” in “an essentially rural France,” she said.
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