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Unformatted text preview: od and the treatment of animals in the United States. Wise, Steven M.
Recovery of Common Law damages for Emotional Distress, Loss of Society, and Loss of
Companionship for the Wrongful Death of a Companion Animal.
ANIMAL LAW, v. 4, p.33 (1998)
The author is President, center for the Expansion of Fundamental Rights, Inc. in Boston; Adjunct
Professor, Vermont Law School (teaching Animal Rights Law since 1990); Lecturer, Masters
Program in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.
“The ‘animals as property’ syllogism arbitrarily, irrationally, unfairly, and formalistically limits
recovery of noneconomic damages for the wrongful deaths of companion animals. It ignores the
fact that the relationship between a human and his companion animal is no more based upon
economics than is any other family relationship. It perversely permits the award of damages for an
economic loss that a human companion does not suffer and refuses to compensate for the
emotional distress and the loss of society and compa...
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