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France Designates Animals as 'Living Beings'

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They have been relegated to the status of personal property since Napoleonic days -- no different from tables or chairs.

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Brian M. (145)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 9:54 am
Great news! Thanks.

Dave C. (213)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 9:56 am
wow, good news!

Arielle S. (316)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 10:16 am
I love France....

Marie H. (166)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 10:16 am
France's household pets have been promoted from the status of furniture and other inanimate objects after lawmakers passed a controversial amendment qualifying animals as living beings.

MPs at the National Assembly legal committee in Paris voted to change part of a Napoleonic law, which classified dogs, cats, horses and other species as personal property or "movable goods".

The new bill, sponsored by President Francois Hollande's Socialist party, described animals as "living beings capable of feelings".

It was approved on the back of a petition signed by almost 700,000 people, urging lawmakers to modernise the definition of "animal" used in the 1804 Napoleonic civil code which is still in use.

Activists said the change was necessary to better protect animals against cruelty.

Pet owners will be able to claim damages for the suffering they incur if their animal is killed. Before the amendment, they were only entitled to compensation for the cost of the animal.

The law is also expected to facilitate judicial decisions in divorce cases concerning the custody of a couple's pets. Judges will assess if a pet has stronger feelings towards one party over another.

Critics have warned that the bill threatens farming, hunting and scientific research and said it could open the door for animal activists to take legal action against those who kill "beings with feelings".

Wednesday April 16, 2014, 11:41 am
Noted, it is a beginning...

caroline s. (78)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 1:35 pm
Enfin !!!! Pas trop tôt.....

Birgit W. (140)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 1:43 pm
The ignorance and arrogance of human beings has always surprised me.

aj E. (163)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 2:27 pm
great news.

Kay M. (354)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 2:49 pm

Annemie O. (161)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 3:00 pm
Great News!

Dianne Lynn Eakin (732)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 3:01 pm
Wonderful to get the rest of the world to see this............

A F. (130)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 3:16 pm

Muriel Servaege (38)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 3:17 pm
Great news. Thank you, thank you!

Patricia Raven (445)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 3:28 pm
Fantastic and amazing news finally lets hope the world folows

Jude Hand (58)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 3:32 pm
Noted, tweeted and tumblr'd. Go, France!

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 3:34 pm
I don't see this as great news. I read this as PATHETIC news.

Kathnomail R. (203)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 3:34 pm
VIVA LA FRANCE!!!!!!! Thank you France for taking the lead. Thanks for letting us know Marie.

Marie H. (166)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 3:36 pm
Thanks everyone!

@ Alan
Why is this Pathetic news?!

Sherri Martin (152)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 3:41 pm
This is Awesome News!!! Thanks for sharing Marie!!

Patricia Raven (445)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 3:46 pm
Thank you France for the best birthday present one day early but still a wonderful present

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (39)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 3:49 pm
Great news!

Rhonda B. (103)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 3:50 pm
Great news!

Ruth Ann W. (205)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 3:53 pm
Let them lead the way for others.

Vicky P. (462)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 3:53 pm
good to hear

Betty K. (283)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 4:11 pm

shirley s. (0)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 4:12 pm
I think therefore I am; in other words being sentient is not just humans.

Panchali Yapa (10)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 4:37 pm
Thank you

Marlene Dinkins (230)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 5:00 pm
noted !!! fantastic news !!!! grazie

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 5:22 pm
Good news.

Marina Tachlinski (115)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 5:44 pm

Cynthia no frwd B. (260)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 5:53 pm
strangely worded hmm Man's arrogance is pathetic
at least they are recognized as living beings duh

Madhu Pillai (22)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 6:11 pm
Good news.

Ted W. (146)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 7:49 pm
Noted!\ read\ shared liberally!! Many thanks for posting this one, Marie!! :)

Natasha Salgado (511)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 8:36 pm
It sounds truly unbelievable...but then animals should have laws similar to ours meaning an overhaul of the pathetic lax current laws. Is that in the future otherwise it's 4 not. Thx Marie

Shawna S. (43)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 9:25 pm
And what about foie gras?? Will they ban duck cruelty too?
I'll believe it when I see it.


Laurie H. (690)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 9:50 pm
Great step ahead----there's much to still be worked on, there and everywhere!!! Thanks Marie & Ted for sending!~~~

caroline s. (78)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 11:41 pm
C'est un début... Il reste maintenant le foie gras, la corrida etc....

FranNOMAILPLS Darcy (213)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 12:32 am
Great news.... for animals and humans

Laura T. (109)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 1:05 am
good change

AWAYnotHERE M. (445)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 1:22 am
Dear Marie, I wish I could send you all of the stars I just saw tonight for this! I will never forget 1985 sitting in a restaurant next to a Standard Poodle! Loved it...Would of liked to have the other Standard Poodle sitting across from me instead of the "Hubby?:!" Priorities!

No Mails Thanks (177)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 2:13 am
Great news!

Sylvie A. (130)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 3:47 am
C'est une très bonne nouvelle ! Merci !

Charmaine Shannon (80)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 4:02 am
This is "WONDERFUL" ...... AWESOME NEWS !!!! Every Step and Any Action will bring us to the ULTIMATE GOAL for these Precious Innocent Animals !!!! THANK-YOU ......

Thanks Marie for this "FANTASTIC NEWS !!!!

Anne P. (245)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 5:01 am
Excellent. Now we have to keep up the pressure on Air France to stop transporting primates to research laboratories.

Jeaneen A. (111)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 5:12 am
About time! Now the rest of the world.

Christeen Anderson (476)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 5:48 am
Simply marvelous.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 6:21 am
Vive la France!

Jeaneen A. (111)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 6:26 am
Now let's get them off the menu!

Lauren Kozen (152)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 6:41 am
Wonderful News!
Noted & Shared. Thanks Marie.

Ruth S. (314)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 6:44 am
Finally, they have come out of the 17th century!

Rae Nelson (47)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 7:11 am
Yahoooo!!! It was ridiculous to start with!!!

Peggy A. (0)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 7:14 am
Good News

Ismail A. (169)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 7:25 am
Great news , finally the change begin

Ashley heffner (449)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 7:54 am
Excellent news. Thanks for the forward Ismail.

Winn Adams (190)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 9:46 am
Good news to be sure and a step in the right direction for us all.

Neill Abayon (735)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 10:10 am
Good news. Noted.

Victoria Oakey (103)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 10:38 am
Such good news! Well done France. Gladly noted.

Alexandria Genovia (44)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 11:00 am
I love good news! Thanks to France, and thank you Marie. :-)

Klaus Peters (9)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 11:25 am
Thank you France, a step in the right direction, mercy! Now let us teach Asia to do the same!
We all know every being has feelings, many cultures think animals feel no pain and believe they are God and are allowed to torture animals before they eat them. I am disgusted firstly in the Middle Eastern culture right up to China. They are not human, they kill for fun, they will come back as an animal they tortured the most. God will see to that.

Klaus Peters (9)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 11:31 am
At least our Rottweiler thinks he is part of our family and so do we.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 11:36 am
A step in the right direction :)

Tommy Y. (53)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 12:09 pm
This is indeed wonderful news. I commend Frances' Socialist Party President Francios Hollande for pushing the new law forward, and the country for recognizing the fact that "animals are people, too". Our 2 Samoyeds and our cat are all FAMILY MEMBERS, and are treated as such. Here's to France!! I, (and I'm certain, millions of others), are now hoping and praying that the rest of the world will follow suit. Animals DO HAVE FEELINGS...THEY HAVE SOULS...THEY BOUND WITH JOY...THEY GET SAD AND GRIEVE, JUST LIKE HUMANS DO. THE TIME HAS LONG SINCE PASSED WHERE THESE FACTS ARE RECOGNIZED BY ALL OF HUMANITY.

Kamia T. (66)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 12:38 pm
Glad to see this happen, because at one time several of my friends in France were completely depressed on the treatment of feral kittens they were trying to help. this should make their lives so much easier!

Nancy Black (300)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 1:39 pm
Noted, one small step!

Gabriela Baldaia (89)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 2:41 pm
Thank you very much for sharing, Marie !! Vive la France !!! So gladly noted :)

Kathleen R. (138)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 3:16 pm
Good news ... thanks Marie.

Donna B. (90)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 5:07 pm
Thanks Marie. Good news

Mariann Rannenberg (136)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 11:43 pm
I always happy too hear good news. Thanks, Marie!!

Joy T. (192)
Friday April 18, 2014, 12:43 am

Jana DiCarlo (45)
Friday April 18, 2014, 2:49 am
what a brainstorm !!!

Sad that human perception sank so low that it was NOT this way until the French came up with this revelation!! Even sadder, it continues to still be the norm that animals are objects in many countries - it is testimony as to how dense we CHOSE to be towards animals.

Angeles Madrazo (292)
Saturday April 19, 2014, 6:43 pm
Great!!!! Thank you!

Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday April 21, 2014, 2:02 pm
Good news

Patricia GG (107)
Tuesday April 22, 2014, 3:42 pm
Ahhh merveilleuse nouvelle de la France. Nos chapeaux off à ceux qui ont appliqué la réclamation et donne nos animaux, la dignité et les éloges qu'ils méritent donc de. Hourra France. Voir que Dieu travaille dans les coulisses. Merci..Amen

ahhh wonderful news from France. Our hats off to those who enforced the claim and give our animals the dignity and praise that they are so deserving of. HOORAY France. See God is working behind the scenes. Thank you..Amen

TeeLowinSpirit M. (103)
Tuesday April 22, 2014, 6:19 pm
The french will not get 100% applause from me, though this might be a good step that has been taken, the french have a long way to go, it has still not been forgotten how livestock animals exported from the UK were brutalized by the french.

And they're recognizing animals as intelligent beings will not convince us that they will no longer commit atrocities.

Is it only peoples pet animals whom are considered intelligent

Animals / birds still continue to be at risk, migratory bird populations are known to be under great threat, including small song bird species, which are caught and eaten as delicacies.


Giana Peranio-Paz (378)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 12:45 am
Great news! Thanks Marie.

kate k g (458)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 10:30 am
Bravo to France!!!!! Great news thank you Marie

Czerny A. (16)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 3:24 pm
From the segment of the article I was able to read, this legislation was fiercely debated and considered by critics as a threat the the French way of life. Why? As much as the French seems to love their dogs, why would giving them the status of living beings even warrant discussion?

Madhu Pillai (22)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 6:02 pm

Debra Tate (17)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 6:34 pm
Three cheers for France! Thanks for the great news!

Suheyla C. (229)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 7:17 pm
Thank you good news

Bernard Cronyn (31)
Saturday April 26, 2014, 10:20 am
Finally breaking free of Descartian BS.

stewart parks (0)
Friday June 13, 2014, 9:33 am
Thank you for such good news..
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