Target: Le député UMP Frédéric Lefebvre
Goal: Praise the success to no longer classify domestic animals as “furniture”
Recently, France’s parliament voted in favor for no longer classifying domestic animals as “furniture” but as “living beings capable of sensitivity.” This is a huge step in France to better protect animals and to seek harsher punishment for those who abuse or mistreat them. A previous ForceChange petition commended French legislators for working to reclassify domestic animals. The push for legislation was made possible by many animal rights groups and supporters, but French legislator Le député UMP Frédéric Lefebvre made notable progress by putting forth the legislation for a vote.
This battle has been going on for years, making this success even more notable. The code that classified them as furniture in a legal sense was first drafted in 1804, so it was clearly time for an update in the code. Animals were thought of as simply tools for agricultural purposes back then and did not take into account the welfare of domestic animals. The reason that the law took so long to change was due to concerns from farmers that this new law could hurt the agriculture business, although the legislation does not go so far as to extend to farming animals, unfortunately. The new legislation is a positive step forward and will change the mentalities of judges and prosecutors in France in favor of domestic animals.
Le député UMP Frédéric Lefebvre has made a positive impact in France by pushing so hard for this legislation to pass. Animals everywhere should be treated as “living beings capable of sensitivity” and not something similar to an armchair. Sign the petition below to thank Le député UMP Frédéric Lefebvre for his hard efforts to no longer classify domestic animals as “furniture.”
Dear Monsieur Le député UMP Frédéric Lefebvre,
I would like to thank you for your significant efforts to push for legislation that will no longer classify domestic animals as furniture. This is important for the health and well-being of domestic animals in France, and the recent passing of this legislation makes greater protection of domestic animals a reality.
Please continue your efforts to make the world a better place for animals. While this is a huge step for France, more legislation could be enacted to further help animals, such as extending protection to farming animals or wild animals. Animals everywhere should be thought of as more than just furniture so that we can continue improving their lives. Thank you once again for making this legislation possible.
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