New Zealand court orders reparation for "emotional harm’

New Zealand courts have recently ordered reparation to compensate owners for "emotional harm" in circumstances where reckless and/or willful ill-treatment of animals has occurred. In addition to acknowledging the emotional "link" between people and animals, these judgments also have significant relevance for animal service providers including, for example, veterinarians. 
Reproduced from LawTalk 757, New Zealand Law Society