Volume 7 (2014), Issue 1

Articles

WHEN IS RESCUE NECESSARY? APPLYING THE NECESSITY DEFENSE TO THE RESCUE OF ANIMALS

Jenni James

The necessity defense encourages citizens faced with untenable options to choose the action that generates the greatest social utility, even when that act is illegal. Reserved for the rarest occasions, the defense allows a person to argue that his otherwise illegal action should not just be excused, but that it was justified. The defense has the power to transform a criminal defendant into a community hero—but the line between hero and vigilante is thin. As a result, the defense has more vitality in the halls of academia than in courtrooms. Read more about WHEN IS RESCUE NECESSARY? APPLYING THE NECESSITY DEFENSE TO THE RESCUE OF ANIMALS

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