In National Socialist Germany, there was widespread support for animal welfare and the National Socialists took several measures to ensure protection of animals. Many National Socialist leaders, including Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goring, were supporters of animal protection. Several National Socialists were environmentalists, and species protection and animal welfare were significant issues in the pro-White regime unlike today’s American capitalism which has little regards for animal protection. Heinrich Himmler made an effort to ban the hunting of animals. Göring was an animal lover and conservationist. The current animal welfare laws in Germany are modified versions of the laws introduced by the National Socialists. Hereto is the law regarding animal protection under National Socialism:
The government has resolved on the following law, which is hereby made known:
Cruelty to Animals
(1) It is forbidden to unnecessarily torment or roughly mishandle an animal.
(2) One torments an animal when one repeatedly or continuously causes appreciable pain or suffering; the torment is unnecessary in so far as it does not serve any rational, justifiable purpose. One mishandles an animal when one causes it appreciable pain; mishandling is rough when it corresponds to an unfeeling state of mind.
Measures for the Protection of Animals
It is forbidden:
1. to so neglect an animal in one’s ownership, care or accommodation that it thereby experiences appreciable pain or appreciable damage;
2. to use an animal unnecessarily for what clearly exceeds its powers or causes it appreciable pain, or which it-in consequence of its condition-is obviously not capable of;
3. to use and animal for demonstrations, film-making, spectacles, or other public events to the extent that these events cause the animal appreciable pain or appreciable damage to health;
4. to use a fragile, ill, overworked or old animal for which further life is a torment for any other purpose than to cause or procure a rapid, painless death;
5. to put out one’s domestic animal for the purpose of getting rid of it;
6. to set or test the power of dogs on cats, foxes, and other animals;
7. to shorten the ears or the tail of a dog over two weeks old. This is allowed if it is done with anesthesia;
8. to shorten the tail of a horse. This is allowed if it is to remedy a defect or illness of the tail and is done by a veterinarian and under anesthesia;
9. to perform a painful operation on an animal in an unprofessional manner or without anesthesia, or if anesthesia in a particular case is impossible according to veterinary standards;
10. to kill an animal on a farm for fur otherwise than with anesthesia or in a way that is, in any case, painless;
11. to force-feed fowl;
12. to tear out or separate the thighs of living frogs.
#3 The importation of horses with shortened tails is forbidden. The minister of the Interior can make exceptions if special circumstances warrant it.
#4 The temporary use of hoofed animals as carriers in the mines is only permitted with the permission of the responsible authorities.
Berlin, November 24, 1933
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