Animal Cruelty Around the World

Animal cruelty is a federal felony for the first time in American history. Here's how the United States stacks up against other countries around the world.

New laws that bans acts of animal torture

In the United States President Trump made acts of animal cruelty a federal crime on November 25th, 2019. Punishments can include fines or 7 years in prison, or both. The bill doesn’t apply to people who slaughter animals for food, hunt, and trap fish.

In Switzerland even the dignity of animals is protected by a constitutional provision. Animals recognized as social, like guinea pigs, must be kept in pairs. It’s illegal to boil lobsters alive and to stop a dog from barking. Dog owners were even required to take mandatory training courses up until 2016. Willful cruelty is punishable by up to 3 years in prison. Negligent cruelty is punishable by a fine of up to $20,034. Cows have special status and can’t be transported for more than 6 hours and must be stunned before slaughter.

In India cows also have special status. They are holy animals for Hindus and even have a 24-hour helpline in Haryana to prevent their theft and mishandling. Dolphins have their own specific rights and are seen as non-human persons. / considered “highly intelligent and sensitive”. Here, if any animal is subjected to any form of cruelty the offender is subject to fines of up to 0.50 - 0.70 worth in rupees.

In Tanzania wildlife is protected. Over 44% of Tanzania’s land mass is reserved for national parks and game reserves according to, and while the Animal Welfare Act 2008 prohibits causing unnecessary suffering and avoidable suffering in specific cases, hunters can still pay thousands of dollars to kill nearly any animal and poaching is still a serious problem.

In France animals are considered to be sentient beings. But up until 2014, their legal status was the same as objects. The Penal Code still permits cockfighting and bullfighting in areas where the tradition exists, along with force-feeding in foie gras production. Anyone who abuses an animal gets a fine of $823. If it’s an act of grave cruelty towards a domestic animal, tamed animal, captive animal and they can face up to 2 years in prison and even be forbidden to keep house pets.


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  • Joan B.
    02/24/2020 18:07

    He did this before to get votes then reversed it omg so fake his son is s trophy hunter

  • Janet T.
    02/16/2020 21:44


  • Hernando B.
    12/30/2019 09:29

    Its crazy how people care more for animals than humans. But I forgot, you've got to be "considered" human first. Dam hypocrites 🙄

  • Brian D.
    12/30/2019 00:06

    And leftists call a human fetus a parasite.. Humans are alive from conception. Corporations that make money off of abortions are not there for womens health as there are almost NO cases of a baby not being able to be saved when a mothers life is in danger.

  • Olivia M.
    12/27/2019 09:32

    At least Trump did one thing right

  • RhonaCorinne F.
    12/26/2019 04:35

    in India the Hindus worship cows, but they conduct the most horrific mass animal slaughter in the world in Nepal, so you can't think of Hindus as compassionate to animals:

  • Hill-Wilson C.
    12/24/2019 20:48

    While his son trophy hunts and kills exotic animals

  • Barbara M.
    12/24/2019 01:08

    I eat meat sorry .

  • Barbara M.
    12/24/2019 01:07

    Still this is the first step

  • Martha B.
    12/21/2019 03:40

    Lo unico bueno que ha echo 🙄

  • Jerry T.
    12/17/2019 18:17

    now Donny can get a family dog

  • John P.
    12/17/2019 13:58

    The real reason that Don the Con doesn't have a dog is because he would kick it everyday and his syncophants wouldn't get over it.

  • Eric E.
    12/16/2019 22:57

    Yet it's still ok to murder unborn human babies?😐

  • Skada R.
    12/12/2019 19:43

    Does that include the cruelty of shooting innocent animals for sport and or profit? Hmmmm

  • Marna W.
    12/12/2019 19:09

    Now if only Canada would do this.

  • Sarah H.
    12/12/2019 12:44

    The ONLY thing Trump has done right

  • Patti W.
    12/11/2019 19:04

    While trumps kids shoot animals that can't shoot back!

  • Patti W.
    12/11/2019 19:04

    Try to get a country cop to enforce it!!

  • Rhegan-leigh B.
    12/11/2019 00:09

    finally did something right.

  • Justin P.
    12/10/2019 19:40

    One of the best things Trumps done Honestly

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