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Animal Law in a Capsule Collection: United States of America - Part III: Torts

2015.06.02

AUTHOR: Carly Elizabeth Souther. LLM & Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Law, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

TITLE: Animal Law in a Capsule Collection: United States of America - Part III: Torts

PUBLICATION DATE: June 2015
PUBLICATION PLACE: dA web Center

ABSTRACT:

In the United States, tortious claims arising from harm to animals are no longer unusual or rare, yet remain largely subject to historic common law and "[t]he status of animals as property under the law weighs heavily into the causes of action that may be asserted and the nature and extent of damages that may be awarded." One example is Tennessee's "General Patton Act of 2003," which provides noneconomic (or "punitive") damages for "the loss of the reasonably expected society, companionship, love and affection of the pet." However, state courts are permitted to—and do—apply different legal standards to address the evolving role of animal claims in tort.

 United-States-of-America---Part-III-Torts.pdf



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