Oregon is again the first state where prosecutors may count each abused animal as a crime victim. The state did so once before and then took it back, but now it has reinstated the court precedent to let animals count as individuals under state law. Non-humans have long had victim status under the law. Partnerships, corporations, nonprofit organizations, churches, trade associations, unions, and country clubs are among the crime victims recognized by various state laws. toomanycats_406x250How a new Oregon Appeals Court ruling has reinstated animals as individual victims is a story that begins with 45 cats found living with a
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