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Condition animale et politique: Quelles stratégies?, Palais du Luxembourg, Paris le 25.10.2013

2013.12.05

AUTHOR: Sabine Brels, PhD Student at the Laval University (Quebec, Canada). Specialist in animal welfare, international and comparative law. Holder of the Vanier Scholarship.
TITLE: Condition animale et politique: Quelles stratégies?, Palais du Luxembourg, Paris le 25.10.2013

PUBLICATION DATE: 2013
PUBLICATION PLACE: dA web Center, December 2013.

Internal link: A frank discussion in favor of animals: France, the 'Civil Code' and the Constitution
ABSTRACT

Outside of Europe, people seem to be surprised... What? France, the first country for human rights, still allows bull-fighting and does not yet teach animal law in universities? More known for the cruel methods of farming (foie-gras) or trapping (amongst others). Yes indeed... But even worse, the French system leaves no room for animal welfare protection in the political debate. In order to remedy to this gap and sort out from the French anti-protectionist exemption, a conference was organized at the Senate in Paris on the 25th of October. Its objective has been achieved. While looking further with regard to the international evolution, it could set the possible strategies to integrate animal concerns into the political agenda and proposed law reforms in order to make progress for animal protection. The important examples of more advanced European countries (as well as community law) and the French political situation have been examined closely. One thing is sure: if other countries can be more progressive and protect animals better, we can do it too!

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