10 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2013 Last revised: 2 Jan 2014
Date Written: 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.
Keywords: criminal law, sentencing, courts, animal law
JEL Classification: K40
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Lamparello, Adam and Boyd, Megan E., Vulnerable Victims: Increasing Animal Cruelty Sentences to Reflect Society's Understanding of the Value of Animal Lives (2013). Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 45, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2363480