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COMMENTS VALUING COMPANION ANIMALS IN WRONGFUL DEATH CASES: A SURVEY OF CURRENT COURT AND LEGISLATIVE ACTION AND A SUGGESTIONS FOR VALUING PECUNIARY LOSS OF COMPANIONSHIP

Elaine T. Byszewski


9 Animal L. 215 (2003)
Publish Date:
2003
Place of Publication: Animal Law Review at Lewis & Clark Law School
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COMMENTS VALUING COMPANION ANIMALS IN WRONGFUL DEATH CASES: A SURVEY OF CURRENT COURT AND LEGISLATIVE ACTION AND A SUGGESTIONS FOR VALUING PECUNIARY LOSS OF COMPANIONSHIP

 

Because it is exceedingly difficult to measure the value of "companionship" in determining damages for the loss of a companion animal in wrongful death cases, courts and legislatures have struggled to come up with a realistic method of assessment. This article suggests a straightforward "investment approach" to estimate the minimum pecuniary value, including companionship value, that human guardians place on their companion animals. Significantly, the investment approach provides a more accurate assessment of companion animal value, which serves tort system goals of efficient compensation for loss and deterrence of future harm to companion animals. (pdf file - 135.99 KB)

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