Filming with animals needs to be approved according to § 11 paragraph 1 No. 8b and 8d of the Animal Welfare Act (Tierschutzgesetzes) of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The approval can be aquired by the responsible veterinary and food surveillance office.
The responsibility depends on residence of the respective animal owner.
Please submit an approval of each individual keeper. Same for animals that will be provided due to an model agency.
In addition, a knowledgeable person must be on site at the location. This can be a zookeeper, a veterinarian, a forester or the like. The responsible persons needs to posses an official recognition from the competent veterinary and food surveillance office of his / her place of residence.
8. commercially, except in the cases of number 1, (...)
b) trade in vertebrates, (...)
d) display animals or make them available for such purposes (...)
requires permission from the competent authority. For the display of animals at changing locations, the permit according to sentence 1 number 4 or according to sentence 1 number 8 letter d may only be granted insofar as the animals do not belong to a species whose display at changing locations is prohibited on the basis of an ordinance in accordance with paragraph 4 is. (...) "
(Quoted and googletranslated from: Laws on the Internet: § 11 Paragraph 1 No. 8b and 8d of the Animal Welfare Act of the Federal Republic of Germany)