None shall take your last cow (or 12 sheep), pig, or 24 chickens.

The Belgian Judicial Code provides a list of goods and items that may not, in principle, be seized by a bailiff (art. 1408), basically in order to safeguard minimal living conditions and means.

While such a list is useful in itself, its details harken back to days of yore. Most notably, it details that a seizure may not lay claim to “a cow, or 12 sheep or goats”, nor can someone’s last (or only) pig “and 24 poultry animals” be seized. Supplies required for maintaining and feeding said livestock “for the duration of one month” are also precluded from being seized.

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