Response or Comment
Animal protection statutes are of course extremely valuable, and they might be made even more so if they were formulated to give private rights of action to their beneficiaries--the animals themselves. But what I would like to explore here is the idea of extending common law rights of action to animals. Admittedly, permitting animals to sue in contract and tort now seems fanciful, but my hope is that this article will provide an initial step toward bringing it about.
Cohen, H. (1983). Some preliminary thoughts on permitting animals to sue in contract and tort. International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems, 4(4), 284-285.