regardless of species.
Seven cows, fifty chickens and a dog named “Cobber” have been served with a trespass notice in the outback town of Humpty Doo. The owner of the animals was also included in the notice.
The trespass notice warns Mr Allan, the cows, the dog and “50 fowls” to stay off Ms Miller’s land – or risk a $2000 fine.
It closes by saying: “Notice was served by handing the original to seven cattle, one dog, 50 fowls.”
Mr Allan, 58, who worked for Parks and Wildlife before retiring, said: “I might get the trespass notice laminated and framed. I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
He said he would be sending a copy to his mum in Melbourne and son in Wagga “for a laugh”.
I wonder how the complainant intends enforce the fine against the chickens if they do trespass over the fence line again? I’m presuming the chickens have no assets.
It reminds me of crazy medieval trials against animals (ranging from proceedings against domestic animals to insects). According to Wikipedia, the first recorded criminal trial against an animal resulted in the execution of a pig in Fontenay-aux-Roses in 1266. Perhaps the French have a penchant for involving animals in legal trials which continues on to this present day – a dog named Scooby has recently appeared as a witness in a French murder trial.