Animals are property. We know that. But they are a special class of property—property that needs to have special laws established to protect said property. Where will animals find lawyers willing to protect them? Today, animals have more and more people coming to their legal aid. There are over 140 animal classes being offered at law schools around the country and this number continues to grow.
Giving animals the protection they need both immediately and through legal channels is imperative to changing society’s approach to animal welfare and animal cruelty. What may have passed for proper treatment of animals decades ago is now considered substandard and in some instances may fit the definition of animal cruelty.
Along with what we now consider cruelty to animals is the ever growing awareness that people who hurt animals often escalate their aggression and begin attacking humans. Therefore, animal cruelty must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Unfortunately, many states don’t have laws in place to really make a change in the behavior of those who are cruel to animals. By having more legal expertise on the side of the animals, better and stronger animal cruelty laws will be passed in more and more jurisdictions. Because, when you think about it…every animal in need needs a lawyer.