Can animals be used as witnesses?

Animals as witnessesJuxtaposition With cat

Esel Buddy refuses to testify that Lumpele the tomcat is entangled in contradictions - animals really do exist on the witness stand.

Showdown in the court in Ingolstadt: In the process of a cat bite, the cat itself was also invited. The complaint was made by a woman who suffered an infected wound from a sudden bite. Before the cat and the plaintiff were compared, however, an out-of-court settlement was reached. In other animal cases, however, the court decided - also on the basis of the "testimony" of animals.

As in the case of the bulldog Clyde. The male had his appearance before 2009 before the Cologne district court. One of the leases involved the question: Who does Clyde belong to? A landlord had complained that Clyde would be kept contrary to the regulations in the lease.

The supposed owner countered that the dog did not belong to him, but to his mother. In court, Clyde then crouched obediently next to his mother, but glanced conspicuously at his presumed master. With that the defense strategy was gone. The court decided: Clyde must move out.

Decision on custody

It was similar in a kind of custody battle over a cat. It was argued to whom the cat Lumpele originally belonged: Did the cat just run to the current owner, as the prosecution claimed? However, the test with the male cat in court was unsuccessful. Instead of clearly deciding on one party, Lumpele felt equally comfortable with both parties. The decision was ultimately made in favor of the plaintiff based on photo evidence.

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But things get really serious with the testimony of the parrot Bud from the USA. He may have seen or at least heard terrible things. Its owner, Martin Durham, was shot and his wife is suspected.

As a clue, relatives and prosecutors see that the parrot uttered various screams with different voices. The passage ends each time with the words "Don't fucking shoot." And allegedly in the tone of its owner. Since the process has only just begun, there is no telling whether the parrot will actually be admitted to court.

Old rule: Better not say anything

A donkey from Dallas in 2007 heeded the old gangster rule "Don't talk to the cops". When the judges wanted to assess whether he really made I-Aah as loud as a neighbor of the owner claimed, the animal behaved as quiet as a mouse. In the end there was a comparison.

So animals are not quite as absurd as it sounds in court. And there are even cases where the animals are actually charged. We are at least very happy that animals have not yet been used in other functions in court: because with a cat as a judge, we would not have a chance.

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