Animals’ long-standing status as property serves to hinder many attempts to secure rights and protections for animals in the legal arena. Even within the realm of property law, states vary on how animals are viewed and protected. Because of these long-held views and inconsistencies, the rights of animals are not taken as seriously as is warranted. Moreover, a person’s interest in animals has been trivialized, especially regarding the ability to obtain standing in a legal proceeding. This Comment will explore the different ways animals are viewed and treated in the legal world. It will focus on how these views affect the concept of people having a valid legal interest in animals and their rights, and whether or not that interest should create standing in courts. Part I of this Comment will lay a foundation describing how animals are viewed throughout the states as property and the different rights afforded to them.
|Publication Title||Santa Clara Law Review|
|Publisher||Santa Clara University School of Law|
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