German circus Krone fined

Tue, 2008-12-23 07:51 by Hans

The circus Krone (english: crown) of Munich, Germany, has been fined the, in my opinion symbolic, sum of €2,500 for mistreatment of animals under the German law for the protection of animals. Two particular cases were too small boxes and too little movement for horses and excessive ankle-chaining of elephants.

The circus promised to build bigger boxes for the horses, give them more opportunities to run free, hire a horse trainer, and reduce the chaining times for the elephants.

This is a small step in the right direction, and it sends a signal, but it cannot satisfy the elephants or anybody who believes that it is immoral to enslave sentient, self-aware, intelligent beings.

Animal rights in German law

Tue, 2008-12-23 16:21 by hcroze

Several years ago there was an historical enactment in German law to the effect that animals have rights in law and can be represented as individuals or as groups in cases of abuse or other infringements of their rights. How about a case on behalf of the chained eles?

Constitutional

Tue, 2008-12-23 17:02 by Hans

In May 2002 the protection of animals has been adopted into the German constitution. Perhaps that invokes such rights. But I'm no expert. Am already asking around and will report back when I learn more.

The fundamental rule of the Tierschutzgesetz is that nobody has the right to harm any animal without good reason. Sounds OK, but my impression is that, in practice, the law is applied roughly in line with public opinion.

In my opinion, and I guess nobody here will object, forcing elephants to perform for the fun of the circus audience is no good reason in the first place, but tell that the lawyers. I cannot imagine that they would actually free the elephants. I fear the time is not ripe for that just yet.

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