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Animal protection statutes are of course extremely valuable, and they might be made even more so if they were formulated to give private rights of action to their beneficiaries--the animals themselves. But what I would like to explore here is the idea of extending common law rights of action to animals. Admittedly, permitting animals to sue in contract and tort now seems fanciful, but my hope is that this article will provide an initial step toward bringing it about.


Henry Cohen is Legislative Attorney for Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the Congressional Research Service or the Library of Congress.