France Revises Napoleonic Statute That Classifies Animals as ‘Furniture’

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It’s been a long time coming, but last Wednesday, France finally updated a 200-year-old legal code that classified animals as “furniture”!

The French Parliament has now voted to recognise animals as “living sentient beings”, a huge symbolic step forward for compassion.

Progress in French law for animals

When the Civil Code was drawn up by Napoleon in 1804, animals were considered primarily as working farm beasts and categorised as goods or furniture. It’s unbelievable that it’s taken this long to revise this archaic law and start to give animals some of the recognition and protection that they deserve. Even so, it took a year of debate before the bill was passed, as France’s powerful farming lobby did its best to oppose the new law.

Felicitations to everyone who’s worked hard to bring French law into the 21st century – we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed this this progress will open the door to more animal-friendly legislation in the country.


  • Tulin commented on February 13, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    All animals should be free,or have loving caring homes.hope it goes that way.

  • amy forgette commented on February 13, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    It is absolutely about time this law was passed!!!!! Animals are NOT FURNITURE or any other object!!!! Animals are living breathing precious creatures just like us and yes they have feelings and know and understand love and pain!!!! Animals deserve rights to protect them against cruelty, abuse, neglect and unexcusable death just like us humans!!!!!! Thank you and God Bless you for finally passing this law and recognizing animals as creatures with feelings and above all else rights!!!!!!!!!

  • rosa maria iglesias jimenez commented on February 14, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way… I am totally agree with PETA said.

  • Eduardo C. Heras commented on February 14, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    We are all animals ,we share this planet, we all should be able to live in peace, respect and love.

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