A new law (“Desmond’s Law”) was recently passed in the state of Connecticut which allows judges to appoint legal advocates for animals affected by crime and or abuse according to HUFFPOST.
Connecticut becomes the first state in the U.S. to provide animals with court-appointed advocates.
There are currently eight approved volunteer advocates which consist of a law professor from the University of Connecticut working with her students. Advocates assist the court in gathering information and provide recommendations to the court based on the gathered facts.
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