While the question of animal suffering is essential in the public debate, deputies have tabled a bill aimed at improving animal welfare. Among these flagship proposals, the possible establishment of a permit to own a pet, the end of wild animals in circuses, as well as breeding for fur, and the prohibition of bullfighting under 16 . France, European abandonment champion Almost one in two French people have a pet. However, that doesn't stop the country from being the European dropout champion. The National Observatory of Delinquency and Criminal Responses (ONDRP), in a study published on July 2, 2020, stresses that between 2016 and 2018, 4,401 people were implicated for acts of mistreatment and abandonment of a domestic animal, and that this figure increased by 29% over the period studied.It is this bitter observation that prompted 7 deputies "walkers", led by La\u00ebtitia Romeiro Dias, from Essonne, to submit this proposal to improve animal welfare. Joined, in particular, by Aurore Berg\u00e9 and Samantha Cazebonne, this bill proposes 4 main axes: "The end of animal suffering in so-called leisure activities", "The supervision of the marketing and keeping of a pet", "strengthening sanctions against abuse, neglect and abandonment" and measures "Aimed at putting an end to the breeding of animals used for their fur". - Anna Hoychuk \/Shutterstock.com Towards the creation of a permit to own a pet? Among the flagship ideas of this bill, the desire to create a permit to keep pets. At first, it would be granted automatically, but could be withdrawn if mistreated. This would reinforce the current law which already punishes a \u20ac 750 fine for any ill-treatment inflicted on an animal. Cruelty, serious ill-treatment and the abandonment of an animal can lead to 2 years in prison and \u20ac 30,000 fine. With the new law, the license could be revoked in the event of abuse and lead to "4 years imprisonment and \u20ac 60,000 fine". Other flagship measures are on the table. Among them, the end of the presence of wild animals in circuses in 2026. As of now, shows featuring bears or wolves may be prohibited. According to a survey by 30 million friends in 2019, 67% of French people no longer wish to see wild animals in circuses. " Since 2015, animals are considered to be sentient beings, society is evolving and today it is no longer the place for an elephant to climb on a stool, for a tiger to jump through a flaming hoop or a monkey riding a bike \u00bb, Affirm the deputies at the origin of the bill. Finally, bullfighting would be prohibited for children under 16 and fur farming could also be prohibited.even though deputies claim to have "Worked with animal protection associations" since the beginning of the quinquennium on these questions which have become "Legitimately subjects of constant concern of our fellow citizens", this bill is obviously not unanimous, especially among circus professionals. Pierre-Philippe Frieh, spokesperson for La Fourrure fran\u00e7aise, which represents professionals in the sector, protested on Twitter that MP La\u00ebtitia Romeiro Dias had not consulted professionals in the fur sector. Likewise, Solovich Dumas, director of the Circus of Rome and member of the interministerial mission on circuses and fairgrounds, contacted by franceinfo, says that "This law will not pass!" Before debating this proposal, it would have been good to put MPs and professionals around a table to find solutions together. " The bill is expected to be debated in December.