Animal welfare in National-Socialist Germany

Adolf Hitler loved his German shepherd Blondie very well known, and animals in general. Therefore, he was also a vegetarian. His particular passion was for dogs. On November 24, 1933 (still in the years of power transmission), the first German animal protection law was passed. Hermann Göring adopted in 1933 a decree against vivisection on animals.


Adolf Hitler and his dog Blondie


On November 24, 1933, the first German Animal Protection Act was passed. In 1933, Hermann Göring issued a decree against vivisection in animals. “For the German human being, animals are not only organisms in the organic sense, but creatures that lead a life of their own, which feels pain, joy, loyalty and affection,” wrote Göring. He turned against the idea of letting the heart be alive in the body, scraping the skull, or cutting off limbs, “to observe how the organs work, and the consequences of their loss.”

b001The historian Daniel Heintz presented in October 2008 in front of his new book with the issue of animal welfare in the Third Reich.

“Animal welfare in National-Socialist Germany – Moral idealism as opposed to “inhuman tyranny”?

This contrast is maintained in most of the few publications on this topic. In his book, is the first time the issue of animal welfare in the Third Reich comprehensively, objectively presented and on a scientific basis. It has been shown that the link between animal welfare and National-Socialist worldview was profound and logical in itself. Beyond the book this topic of the polarisation between high ethics of animal welfare on the one hand, and one currently in the sense of political correctness as perceived in condemnable epoch of German history on the other hand, thereby objectively enqueues it into the policy and everyday politics of National-Socialist Germany.

Dr. Krochmalnik, lecturer at the Jewish University in Heidelberg, said on animal welfare in the Third Reich:

“The National-Socialists introduced just a model animal protection laws after the takeover.”

The National-Socialists put animal and nature protection into law. Adolf Hitler was vegetarian, opponent of animal testing, animal lover and conservationist.


Reich peasant leader (Reichsbauernführer) Walther Darré made personally that the Führer always got fresh organic vegetables.

Lina Hähnle assured that Adolf Hitler

“his protective hand over the hedge” held and entered for “enhanced protection of birds”.

Heinrich Himmler praised in a speech the ancient Germans, that

“from the divine order of whole plants and animals all over the world were convinced”.

He spoke about the rights of mice and rats and warned not to laugh at such considerations.

“It would be better”, he said, “we impious people would tend our main before the depth and size of this world view.”

Heinrich Himmler was very sensitive to the preservation of other life, he said:

“I was extremely interested in the other day to hear that today the Buddhist monks, if they go through the forest at night, wearing a Bell, to get dodging the animals of the forest, which could crush them, so that no damage is dealt to them. But with us will every snail trampled, each worm will crush.”

The Reichsführer of the SS is counted by some historians to the “green wing” of the NSDAP leadership, as well as Darré, Rudolf Heß, Fritz Todt and Alwin Seifert. They swarmed for renewable energies, alternative medicine and organic farming. Some of them sympathized with Steiner’s teachings at times. Himmler had the SS operate biodynamic experimental farms, among others in the concentration camps Dachau. Hermann Göring made sure that a new animal protection law was enacted after the seizure of power in 1933 as the first, and two years later a conservation law. Both were largely taken over by the German Federal Republic and long considered to be exemplary.

Adolf Hitler even passed a law against keeping fish in a fishbowl. In the first German Animal Protection Law of 24 November 1933, ie in paragraph 1 under Section 1:

“It is prohibited to torture an animal unnecessary or raw mistreat. An animal torments him who prolonged or repetitive causes significant pain or suffering; is unnecessarily torturing, insofar as it serves no reasonable, legitimate purpose.”

Following this principle, “Ownership, accommodation and transportation” are fixed in the other law; There are detailed provisions also to breeding and in particular animal testing.

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The nature protection associations agreed to this policy. The Reichsbund birds, forerunner of the present-day NABU, was in a monopoly position rewarded (joined other bird protection associations), which increased the revenues of the Association by 45,000 Reichsmarks (1932) at 85 000 Reichsmarks (1941-42). Also the Federal 1933 noticed nature reserve in Bavaria (the core organization, from which later the B.U.N.D. was created): “No time was as favorable to our work as the current one under the Hakenkreuzbanner of the national government”


“Who tortures animals is inanimate, because it lacks God’s good spirit.”

Johann Wolfgang Goethe

“The world is not a work of art, and the animals are not a product for our use. Not mercy, but righteousness is owed to the animals. “

Arthur Schopenhauer

“The vehement lawlessness of animals, […] that there are no duties to animals, is almost an outrageous brutality and barbarism of the West, whose source lies in Judaism.”

Arthur Schopenhauer


Needless to say,

 The contrary contrast: livestock in times of globalization

Source and translated from: Metapedia

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