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Old 04-22-2009, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Sunny Arizona
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I agree with those that find the idea of being able to sue for emotional damage completely ridiculous. There's no way to adequately place it in law. Like the one poster said, how would we gauge the emotional value of one pet over another, of one species over another? Criminal actions are one thing, wounded tender feelers are another. It also smacks of retribution.
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Between Philadelphia and Allentown, PA
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In theory it sounds great. I, being a true lover of all animals and having several family pets myself, believe that when injustices are done to animals, those doing the crimes never get a stiff enough sentence. But, someone would need to draw the line somewhere. An animal can't spend money, can't understand that they are being represented in a court of law and can't fathom that someone is standing up for them and speaking on their behalf, even when we do. I think the concentration should be on stiffer punishment for those who hurt animals, not suing and getting money for the animal.
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