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- Lions on trial in India: 18 lions have been put on trial in India recently due to the alleged killing of 3 people. The authorities are awaiting the results of nine more lions, although they are confident that they have found the ‘guilty’ lion! Apparently equipped with sharp teeth, these lions have been suspected of having the potential to wipe out the entire population of Gujarat. The guilty lion, whoever that unfortunate one is, will be kept in the zoo (read jail) for the rest of his/her life!
- A parrot in India was handed over to the forestry department after an 85-year old woman complained that it was abusing her in August, 2015. The parrot had been trained by the step-son of the woman to abuse her, probably this need springing from a dispute over land that the two had. When confronted by policemen, the parrot did not utter a word, and was then handed over to the forest department.
- In 2013, a cat was arrested on the ground that it had been smuggling mobile phones and chargers into the prison and these were taped on the underside of the belly. This was located by the police and the cat was sent to a prison in the Komi province near the town of Syktyvkar.
- An Australian judge in 2013 had acquitted a goat named Gary in Sydney, who was caught eating flowers in a flower bed outside the city’s Museum of Art. As Gary chose not to comment on the verdict, the judge said that neither the goat nor the owner can be accused in the case of any wrongdoing because it was impossible to prove malicious intent in this case. Jim Dezrnaulds, the owner of the goat felt that the goat was only eating flowers, which is natural. Gary became an internet sensation immediately with his Facebook page getting over 16000 likes.
- In 2013 in the city of Chennai, a police officer complained about the continuous vandalism of a group of goats and finally arrested three of them when they damaged a police vehicle completely. A complaint was also registered against the owner of the goats, although it was only the goats that were sent to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty towards Animals (SPCA) and were put inside a cage. Animal activists claim that a case should be made against the police too, for the violation of the City Police Act and Municipal Corporation Act, 1919 under which it is the duty of the police to prevent animal presence within city limits. The police would also consider not parking their vehicle near a place where goats graze.
- In 2008, a Macedonian took a bear to the court because he had destroyed the man’s honey. The person was the beekeeper and could not stand the assault and demanded punishment for the bear. The court, however, did not only acquit the bear on account of the fact that it was part of his game, but gave compensation for the damages done to the beekeeper, and that too $3500.
- A donkey named Burro was locked up in Mexico in 2008 in the Chiapas state for allegedly biting a 63-year old Gerano Vasquez and then kicking another person, Andres Hernandez, a 52-year old who came to his rescue. The police have said that they would keep the donkey in the cell until the owner makes an arrangement for the medical bills of the injured duo.
- In ‘liberal’ America, which boasts of the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights, a cat named Blackie was not allowed to exercise its right to freedom of expression. The year was 1981 when Mr. And Mrs. Miles were warned by the state that they cannot go on showing off their cat’s speech-making ability, and making money out of it unless they issued a business license. The judgement was, however, not in the favour of the cat and the court decided that it cannot go against the norm and consider the cat as a person!
- An elephant called Mary, who had trampled her trainer, was hanged in 1916 in Tennessee, America. It was a town that had just developed a railway network and on the verge of becoming civilised, except for this, of course!
- In Delemont in Switzerland in the year 1906, a dog was hanged when he was found guilty of being an accomplice to murderers.
- It is perhaps a part of our experience that monkeys sometimes go absolutely bersek! There’s no stopping them from taking away little objects to even human babies, but this case is really unique. In the United States in 1877, a monkey went to court for biting a woman’s finger and the judge acquitted him. The woman had tried to snatch a candy from the monkey’s mouth. The monkey apparently had climbed on the judge’s desk to thank him and shake his hand!
- This case from 1750 France is one of those that leave you punching the air several times after the story ends. A man called Ferron was accused of slamming the ass of a she-donkey. This landed both him and the donkey in trouble, but the most satisfying part is that the donkey was acquitted and that too at the efforts of the local people in convincing the judge that the donkey was completely innocent because it was always well-behaved and could not stoop so low and involve herself in such an undignified activity on her own will.
- In 1662 in New Haven, there was some Mr. Potter who had a wild habit of having sex with animals! This person’s wife knew about it but could not do anything. After his son got to know about his father’s habits, he spread the word and Mr. Potter did go to the gallows for sexual escapades but also along with his partners in crime, which included pigs and dogs.
- Bartholomew Chassenee, in sixteenth century France made his name by defending a group of rats in the court who were accused of completely destroying the barley produced by the local people. When they were summoned by the court they did not appear and their counsel, Mr. Chassenee asked them to be excused on the ground that they would not feel safe to come to the court in the presence of the cats that the locals owned and since the locals could not guarantee that their cats would be confined to their houses, the mice were let off!
- The medieval people, are known for their fear of witchcraft, but little would a rooster know that its life is at stake! In 1471 in the town of Basel, a rooster was burnt alive in the fear that it was possessed by Satan.
- When six piglets attacked and killed a five-year old boy in Savigny in 1457, France, they were taken to court and tried. The pig was hanged but the piglets were exonerated.
- In Laussane in 1451, there was an amazing case of an accusation being made by a person that there were too many leeches in the pond and the bishop summoned the leeches to the court so that they could listen to the verdict being given by the ecclesiastical court.
- In another case in France concerning pigs in the year 1379, two herds of pigs were sentenced to death when they attacked a swine-keeper. According to the court, one of the herds joined later than the other one, but their shouting equally meant that even if one herd was influenced by the other, they were in full connivance with each other at the time of committing the crime.
Thanks to Suvankur Sukul and Ramesh Sharma for their inputs.
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