French Court Awards Damages to Cat in Landmark Animal Cruelty Case

In a groundbreaking move, a criminal court in Lille, France, has awarded damages to a cat named Lanna, marking the country's first such decision. Lanna was tragically found dead in a garbage bin in July 2023, after her owner admitted to beating her with his fist and wooden slats. The court granted €100 in damages to Lanna, to be directed to the Animal Protection League of northern France, a civil party in the legal proceedings.