What regulations apply to pets and their owners?

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Germans love keeping pets. Unlike farm animals, which are seen in the country side, some pets live like family members with their owners. But what are the regulations of keeping animals and which pets do Germans like best?

What do I need to know?

Why are pets so popular in Germany?

What kind of animals people usually keep as pets?

Rules and regulations for pet owners


In Germany animal cruelty is prohibited by the German animal welfare law and the German law for the protection of animals in context of slaughtering (“Tierschutz-Schlachtverordnung”). If you see anyone doing harm to an animal, you can call an official veterinarian nearby (“Amtstierarzt”).