Using a Jury of Her Peers to Teach About the Connection between Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse
16 Pages Posted: 15 May 2008 Last revised: 25 Jan 2009
In this essay I examine Susan Glaspell's short story A Jury of Her Peers in the context of teaching about the connection between domestic violence and animal abuse in an Animal Law course. I discuss how Glaspell's story, in which the motive for a woman killing her husband is his killing of her pet bird, enables students to better understand the perspective of battered women who behave in certain ways because they have pets. I pose several questions concerning how the law would and should respond when a battered woman reacts with violence to the killing or serious injury of her pet. I also review the legal options that may be available today to battered women who have companion animals in contrast to the past.
Keywords: animal abuse, domestic violence, animal law, battered woman
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