18 December 2014 / by News/ in
Tommy refused Human Rights!
Tommy the chimpanzee lost his case in the United States seeking ‘human rights’ for animals. Is this the biggest miscarriage of justice since Toad of Wind in the Willows fame was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for reckless driving?
Animals have featured in a number of celebrated legal cases in English law, the racehorse Rock of Gibraltar was the subject of a bitter ownership dispute between Sir Alex Ferguson and the former Manchester United owners the Magnier family.
A snail featured in a ginger beer bottle in the leading tort case of Donoghue v Stephenson in 1932. Before that in 1862, a horse Sizing Europe featured in the leading contract case Felthouse v Bindley which established that acceptance of a contract cannot be deemed by silence.
Hector the 12 stone Great Dane was exculpated by the Court of Appeal in 2009 in Whippey v Jones. Mr Jones was jogging on a riverside footpath when he was bowled over by Hector sustaining an injury to his shoulder. His handler Mr Whippey successfully appealed the finding of the judge that he should have anticipated the possibility of this type of injury, Hector having been found to be of previous good character.