Other animal rights groups also expressed their satisfaction with the decision but regard the result as merely symbolic.The reason being that the classification of animals by the civil code in French law is the only component that would be amended if it is approved by the Senate. Under the civil code, animals would be changed from being akin to a 'chair' to being categorized as 'living sentient beings'. No other law would be amended. As Christophe Marie from the Brigitte Bardot Foundation explains "it does nothing to challenge the exploitation of animals". Agreeing to change the law would simply standardize the three legal texts - civil, rural and penal - in French law.
Regardless of whether the change to civil code is symbolic or not, the verdict is an excellent step forward towards protecting animals from cruelty and helping in complex court custody battles. It now comes down to the National Assembly and the Senate to decide whether they agree to the change of the law or not. Fingers crossed!