International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems


The article begins by identifying the changes in US law regarding the treatment of enslaved people as property and then proceeds to explore several cases in which the treatment of animals as mere property has been challenged in recent court cases. For example, can dog owners recover damages regarding the sentimental value of their pet dogs? In one New York case, the court ruled that “a pet is not just a thing but occupies a special place somewhere between a person and a piece of personal property.” The author expresses confidence that the courts will continue “to expand the domain of animal rights.“

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