Historically, criminal law written to protect animals from abuse and impose punishments for such conduct has treated this as a crime against public policy and the public generally. Following developments elsewhere, with the 2014 decision by the Oregon Supreme Court in State v. Nix, animals in Oregon may be "victims" of crimes. This CLE will provide a survey of the intersection between animal law and criminal law at the state and federal level, with reports on recent Oregon cases and a discussion of the shift from animal as the property of the owner to a being with its own rights. Where should we draw the line. . . ?
Speaker Denise Lukins is a private practice attorney of 20 years' experience, an accomplished horsewoman and dog trainer, and is also the hearings examiner for the Clark County and City of Vancouver Animal Control Hearings. As a Deputy District Attorney in Washington County, speaker Andrew Freeman has been prosecuting animal abuse and neglect cases for several years. He now serves as co-chair of the Washington County Animal Protection Multi-Disciplinary Team, a community collaboration among regional law enforcement and other government agencies and non-profits organized to address the interaction between animal abuse and other kinds of violence. The MDT has had substantial success investigating and prosecuting animal abuse crimes.
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