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Animal Protection Law (1999)

Type of law
Date of original text

This Law sets out the rights and obligations of a person within the scope of animal protection and welfare. It states that the ethical obligation of humankind is to ensure the welfare and protection of all species of animals, because every unique being is in itself of value. A human being has a moral obligation to honour any creature, to treat animals with empathic understanding and to protect them. Without a substantiated reason no one is permitted to kill an animal, to cause it pain, create suffering or to otherwise harm it. The Law also provides that animals shall be classified as wild animals, or animals bred in captivity. Wild animals shall be classified as game animals, or non-game animals. Animals bred in captivity shall be classified according to their method of use as follows: farm animals; pet animals; sport, work and exhibition animals; experimental animals; animals kept in zoos; and animals of wild species kept in a registered place for the keeping of animals of wild species. The Law further provides for protection of animals kept for farming purposes; protection of pet animals; protection and welfare of sport, work and exhibition animals; protection of experimental animals; protection of wild animals; protection of animals during their transport; animal sanctuaries and animal boarding facilities; and killing of animals.
Date of consolidation/reprint
Serial Imprint
Latvijas V stnesis, 444/445, 29.12.1999.; Latvijas Republikas Saeimas un Ministru Kabineta Zi ot js, 2, 27.01.2000.
Source language


Legislation Amendment
Original title
Dz vnieku aizsardz bas likums (1999)
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