This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.
Unformatted text preview: nionship that he actually does suffer. The
failure to recognize the reality of the relationship that exists between human companions and
companion animals may also lead to a failure to permit damages for the emotional distress that a
human companion suffers upon witnessing the circumstances of a companion animal’s wrongful
“The claims of humans for the emotional distress they suffer after witnessing the wrongful killing
of their companion animals and from the emotional distress and loss of companionship they suffer
from the loss itself should be evaluated as are any other damages for tortuous injury. If human companions of companion animals are not compensated for the injuries they actually suffer, and
no rational, fair, and sufficiently weighty policy considerations can justify this refusal, the
overarching principle of full compensation for tortuous injury will be undermined by an
irrationality and arbitrariness that should no t be part of the common law.” OTHER ARTICLES
Bratspies, Rebecca M.
Glowing in the Dark: How America’s Fi...
View Full Document