Animals as Victims: Charging and the Law

Animals as Victims: Charging and the Law
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2020-02-18
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Animals as Victims, Charging and the Law

In 2013, the Oregon State legislature declared that animals are “sentient beings, capable of experiencing pain, stress, and fear,” and “should be cared for in ways that reduce pain, stress, fear, and suffering.” Since then, Oregon’s trial and appellate courts have referenced that declaration in a series of cases which ultimately established that animals can be “victims” for purposes of sentencing. In this webinar, Oregon’s unique statewide animal cruelty prosecutor Jake Kamins will describe the development of that caselaw, his own involvement in the rulings, and the implications of “animals as victims.” He will also talk about what may come next in this emerging area.


You will learn:

  • How animals came to be “victims” in Oregon’s criminal justice system.
  • How the designation of animals as victims effects law enforcement and prosecutorial work on animal cruelty cases.
  • What issues remain undecided, and where legislatures and courts may go next in this area.


Audience Comments

  • “Real case info and background, as well as personal input and experience from Jake.” — Cheryl
  • “It was great to hear of the success another state has had in evolving its legislation when it comes to animal welfare.” –Jaclyn
  • “Thank you, Jacob, for a very informative talk! I learned that animals are property but may not be legally considered a victim of a crime. Also, ALDF can be a knowledgeable resource. I look forward to future webinars!” — Kim
  • “It was an eye-opener from the case perspective.” — Frank



** This webinar has been certified by the National Animal Care and Control Association and may be eligible for Continuing Education Units. Please consult your local certification processes for additional details. Current NACA Members who attend will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Animal Care & Control Association logo.
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