Animal Welfare Legislation

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Big Hearts Foundation – Moscow, is working to end animal suffering through lobbying the Duma (Russian Parliament) and related government institutes. By lobbying, we mean persuading individuals or groups with decision-making power, providing them with drafts, materials and examples of functioning legislation in other countries, developing proposals for federal and regional laws that are implementable and viable in practice.

Current Legislations that we are working on:

  • Anti-Cruelty Law. Learn more Here.
  • Law on Responsible Treatment of Animals. Learn more Here.
  • Breeding and Sale Law of domestic animals
  • Exotic pets legislation
  • A law banning the testing of cosmetics on animals. Learn more Here.
  • Big Hearts Foundation is an active participant of the Duma working group “On improving the regulatory framework in the field of veterinary medicine”Learn more about returning anesthesia back to veterinary in Russia Here.

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We would like to extend this work to more Wild Animal Legislation which encompasses Hunting and trade in Wild Animals, but currently don’t have the resources to do so.

National Law

Under Article 137 of Civil Code of the Russian Federation, general rules which deal with property, also apply to animals. This means that animals are qualified as inanimate objects in the country’s legal system and no consideration appears to be given to animal sentience.

Article 245 of the Penal Code of the Russian Federation contains a provision addressing cruelty to animals. The article is comprehensive enough to cover all animals, but its content has restrictions in its application. Cruelty is not defined, but rather refers to two potential outcomes, namely injury or death of the animal, and such cases are addressed by law in observance of one of three cases, when cruelty is caused with malicious or mercenary motives, with the use of sadistic methods, or in the presence of minors. This prevents the ability to prosecute animal abuse in 99% of the cases.

International Law 

Russian government has not in principle pledged it’s support for the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.

The Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare is an agreement among people and nations to recognize that animals are sentient and can suffer, to respect their welfare needs, and to end animal cruelty- for good. An expression of support for the UDAW demonstrates a government’s commitment to working with the international community to improve animal welfare. At the moment, the Russian government has not expressed a desire to improve animal protection in the country.

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