The article is devoted to a comparative analysis of the norms of Russian and foreign legislation on
cruelty to animals. It deals with objective and subjective aspects of the relevant offenses. Regarding the
criminal action, that is a part of the objective aspect of these crimes, in terms of criminal responsibility for
cruelty to animals foreign legal acts are divided into three groups.
The author analyzes criminal law standards establishing liability for cruelty to animals under applicable
laws of Sweden, Georgia, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Republics
of Kyrgyzstan, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
According to the results of the study, the author highlights the specifics of presentation of foreign norms
providing for criminal liability for such crimes, and underlines the possibility of borrowing certain features
of their development for Russian criminal legislation.
Key words: cruelty to animals, criminal liability, animal, law of crimes.