Vulnerable Victims: Increasing Animal Cruelty Sentences to Reflect Society's Understanding of the Value of Animal Lives
Indiana Tech - Law School
Megan E. Boyd
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law
Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 45, 2013
More should be done to deter animal cruelty. Crush videos, which depict horrific acts of animal cruelty, should be banned. The advisory Guidelines range — as well as the five-year statutory maximum sentence for animal cruelty cases — should be substantially increased. Additionally, courts should continue to impose severe sentences upon those who subject animals to senseless and deadly violence. In so doing, the law will recognize the intrinsic value of animals as conscious, living creatures worthy of legal and constitutional protection.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: criminal law, sentencing, courts, animal law
JEL Classification: K40
Date posted: December 5, 2013 ; Last revised: January 2, 2014
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