Animal trials

Do you know that in the Middle Ages, animal trials were quite common? Yes, themis was so impartial that she punished even our smaller brothers for crimes. There was no discrimination by genus-species-detachment at all. Before the court, everyone was equal ...

For example, in 1120 in France, according to a court verdict, field mice were cursed for destroying grain.

In the 14th century, residents of the small Swiss town of Kura filed a complaint against white worms in court. However, a problem arose: the worms did not appear at the court session. It was decided to carry out the process without their participation.

The court took into account the fact that worms are living things, and it would be inhumane to deprive them of their livelihood. Therefore, it was decided to allocate a site for the worms in a deep forest where they could live without causing harm to anyone.

In the same place, in Switzerland, in 1545 a trial of beetles took place. An appropriate document was drawn up confirming the right of the beetles to live in a specially designated area. Local residents were strictly forbidden to damage insects in their place of residence.

In 1313 in France, an angry bull severely injured a man. The local court did not disregard such a grave crime. Having carefully studied the circumstances of the case, the court made a decision: to sentence the animal to death. The horned criminal was hanged.

French lawyer Bartholmy-Chanson was known as an advocate for rats and mice. In 1480, he stated that his clients could not appear at the hearing, since they lived in a vast territory and did not know about the summons to court. In addition, you cannot blame all the mice at once, but you need to prove the guilt of each of them. After such a fiery speech, the case was dropped.

In 1540, in the Spanish city of Chemaran, a trial was held on a moth, which was accused of having spoiled a very valuable tapestry. The insect was found guilty and sentenced to behead off. In addition, it was announced that the mole would be banished from the country for good.

In 1545, in the French city of Saint-Jean-de-Molien, a court accused locusts of damaging vineyards. The meeting was attended by two lawyers, one of whom spoke on behalf of the residents of the city, and the other defended the insects. They did not have time to pass the verdict, as the locusts disappeared. The court's decision was postponed until the new appearance of the pests.

The trials of animals took place in the 20th century as well. In 1963, 75 carrier pigeons were sentenced to death in Tripoli. They were used by smugglers to smuggle currency across the border. The court ruled that the birds were "too dangerous and well trained."

There are cases when not only animals were judged, but also plants. For example, during the reign of King Henry IV of France, a melon was brought to trial. She was accused of causing pain in the stomach of such a tall person.