Without this focus mankind might not be aware of the negative impact that human

Without this focus mankind might not be aware of the

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and sufferings of animals. Without this focus, mankind might not be aware of the negative impact that human behaviors such as factory farming, scientific research, and the clothing and entertainment industry can potentially have on our environment. + Some rules and policies in different countries to protect animals. 1. Austria The Austrian Animal Welfare Act 2004 equates the importance of animal life to that of human life. Austria is considered one of the best countries for animals all over the world. The Austrian Animal Welfare Act 2004 suggests that the protection and well being of animals should be held to a value that is equal to humankind. The anti-cruelty law, one of Europe's harshest, bans pet owners from cropping their dogs' ears or tails, forces farmers to uncage their chickens, and ensures that puppies and kittens no longer swelter in pet shop windows. Violators are subjected to fines of $2,420, and in cases of extreme cruelty they could be fined up to $18,160 and have their animals seized by the authorities. 2. Switzerland Switzerland became the first country with a provision to protect animals' dignity. Switzerland is a leader in improving the living and working conditions of animals. In 1992 Switzerland became the first country to constitutionally recognize animals, with a provision warranting the protection of 'the dignity of the creature'. Activities that are deemed degrading to the dignity of animals are forbidden here by law.
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The Swiss government also recognises some animals as social animals and orders them to be kept in pairs. Stopping a dog from barking is also considered illegal here and pet owners are required to attend classes to learn to take care of their pets. 3. United Kingdom UK's Animal Welfare legislation has strict penalty of a 51 week jail term for cruelty and negligence of animals. The Animal Welfare legislation of UK has stricter penalties for both cruelty and negligence of animals. Punishments include a lifetime ban from owning pets, a 51 week maximum jail term, and fines amounting up to £20,000. 4. Germany In Germany, animals are protected by the Constitution. The German Constitution reads, “The state takes responsibility for protecting the natural foundations of life and animals in the interest of future generations.” Germany thus became the first country in the European Union to give animals constitutional protection. 5. Netherlands Netherlands prohibits use of great apes for experiments as well as testing cosmetics The Animal Welfare Act of Netherlands features anti-cruelty and duty of care provisions that also include farm animals. The use of great apes for experiments is prohibited as well as testing cosmetics on animals as per the EU Animal Welfare Rules. 6. Sweden Sweden grants legal protection to her animals - both, wild and domestic.
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