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Pets: Property and the Paradigm of Protection

Brooke J. Bearup

3 J. Animal L. 173 (2007)
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Place of Publication: Michigan State University College of Law
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Pets: Property and the Paradigm of Protection

This article touches on the evolution of property classifications through history and suggests that the time has arrived for society to re-conceptualize its view on animals as personal property. Re-categorizing animals as equivalent, sentient beings has the potential to affect current search and seizure practices under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. This article proposes policy changes that could significantly benefit neglected and abused animals, while still recognizing the fundamental liberty interests of pet owners.

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