The pig that was not convicted of homicide, or: The first animal trial that was none

  • Colin Frank Doctoral Student at Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin; Research Assistant at "Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschft" (law firm)

Abstract

The case of a pig burned near Paris in 1266/1268 is widely believed to be the first instance of an animal trial in Medieval France. The paper investigates whether this assesment can stand against the background of a close examination of the primary sources. It comes to the conclusion that the sources do not support the traditional view of the incident and that further canonical examples of animal trials should be put under scrutiny.

Published
2021-09-06
How to Cite
FRANK, Colin. The pig that was not convicted of homicide, or: The first animal trial that was none. Global Journal of Animal Law, [S.l.], v. 9, sep. 2021. ISSN 2341-8168. Available at: <https://ojs.abo.fi/ojs/index.php/gjal/article/view/1736>. Date accessed: 03 dec. 2021.
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