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40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class

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The existence of animal courts

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Listen, we’ll be the first to admit that sometimes our pets can be the worst. But they’re animals so we tend to let a lot of their shenanigans slide. Not in medieval Europe! “Criminal” animals were routinely put on trial and executed because people held them to the same moral standards as humans. Therefore, they were expected to uphold the same laws, and when they didn’t, they were subject to the same punishments which could include rotting their lives away in jail or being executed. Pigs seemed to spend a lot of time in court for their constant wandering around and perceived aggression, but they weren’t the only ones. Records show that horses, eels, dogs, bulls, sheep, and even a dolphin were all executed.

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