Germany approves ‘group action’ rights for animal activist organisations

By Ludger Giesberts and Thilo Streit

Germany’s most populous state has adopted a law, already in effect, allowing so-called group actions in cases involving animal protection.

The new act (Gesetz über das Verbandsklagerecht und Mitwirkungsrechte für Tierschutzvereine) will remain in place at least until the end of 2017. Similar acts are already in place in other German states, and yet more states plan to enact similar laws.

All this legislation is a sign that non-governmental organisations are slowly winning the right to become involved in lawsuits — until recently a novel idea in Germany…

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