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Animal Protection Act.

Type of law
Date of original text

This Act lays down provisions concerning treatment of vertebral animals. The Act establishes that an animal, as a live being, capable of suffering, is not a thing. Humans shall respect, protect and take care of animals. The present Act forbids killing of animals, except of cases specified in art. 6, and forbids mistreatment of animals. Everyone who keeps domestic animals must provide them a room protecting them from cold, heat and rain, with access to daylight, allowing to change the position of the body, adequate food and permanent access to water. Everyone who keeps livestock animals is obliged to provide them care and proper living conditions. This Act is composed of the following Sections: General provisions (sect. 1); Domestic animals (sect. 2); Livestock (sect. 3); Animals used for entertainment, films, sports and special purposes (sect. 4); Wild animals (sect. 6); Transport of animals (sect. 7); Operations of animals (sect. 8); Slaughter, killing and limitation of population of animals (sect. 10); Control of compliance with provisions on protection of animals (sect. 10a); Criminal provisions (sect. 11); Changes in valid provisions, transitional and final provisions (sect. 12).
Date of consolidation/reprint
Entry into force notes
This Act entered into force on 25 October 1997.
Serial Imprint
Journal of Laws 2022 Pos. 572 (consolidated version)
Source language


Legislation Amendment
Original title
Ustawa o ochronie zwierzat.
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