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The introductory part of the present study gives a definition of the word "pet animal" and a survey about the legal position of animals in the FederalRepublic of Germany and the European Community.The analysis of the employed literature focusses on one hand on the different modes, kind and range of pet animal keeping. On the other hand it deals with the legal basises and the manner of the rading in pet animals. A comprehensive description about keeping conditions of animals in pet shops, pet animal breeding, trading in pet animals, animal sanctuary, in privat pet trade, and of exotic animals is given. Own investigations in Hamburg complete the valuation of pet shops. Finally comes a critical discussion about the present results. For many important facts suggestions are made to improve the protection of animals. These suggestions could find their way into new amending laws and decrees. They also could be helpful to create information material for people which are privatly or professionally involved in animal (pet) husbandary.