Can a Pig Be Convicted of Murder? Evans, E.P. The Criminal Prosecution and Capital Punishment of Animals. Originally published: New York: E.P. Dutton, 1906. x, 384 pp. Reprinted 2009 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781616190309. ISBN-10: 1616190302. Paperback. New. $14.95 * This pioneering work collects an amazing assemblage of court cases in which animals have been named as defendants--chickens, rats, field mice, bees, gnats, and (in 34 recorded instances) pigs, among others--providing insight into such modern issues as animal rights, capital punishment, and social and criminal theory. Evans suggests an intriguing distinction between trials of specific animals or particular crimes, such as the "murder" of an infant by a pig, and trials for larger, catastrophic events, such as plagues and infestations. In the latter case, Evans suggests a parallel to witchcraft.
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