The legal status of dogs in France has changed. They are no longer to be regarded as ‘property’ but as sentient beings deserving of protection in their own right. (voted for in the National Assembly but not yet approved by the Senate).
The Canadian state of Quebec has also changed the legal status of dogs to sentient beings.
A new law also limits the private breeding of dogs. As from 2016, anyone who wants to sell a dog (or cat) will need to declare it to the tax services and obtain a unique number. This number will have to be written in all classified ads for selling dogs (and cats). Potential buyers will also have access to the name and postal address of the seller.