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Vulnerable Victims: Increasing Animal Cruelty Sentences to Reflect Society's Understanding of the Value of Animal Lives

10 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2013 Last revised: 2 Jan 2014

Adam Lamparello

Indiana Tech - Law School

Megan E. Boyd

Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

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

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

Adam Lamparello (Contact Author)

Indiana Tech - Law School ( email )

1600 E. Washington Blvd.
Ft. Wayne, IN 46803
United States

Megan E. Boyd

Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law

1021 Georgia Ave
Macon, GA 31207-0001
United States

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