A cat named Sal has been called up for Jury service in Boston, USA. The owners of the cat have pleaded that the animal doesn't understand or speak English but a request to be excused jury service has been denied.
This historic event is due to some error on the Census form of the family involved. Sal was put in the human rather than animal column and is thus eligible for Jury Service.
The court insisted that the cat must first establish that she neither understands nor speaks English. The Judge maintains that the cat understands English very well and can communicate quite sufficiently to decide if someone is guilty or not guilty by sniffing them.
This somewhat unorthodox manner of implementing the law has put Boston at the forefront of Animal Rights Activists minds. They claim this radical move is well overdue.
Madelaine Puss speaking from her basket at the World Forum on Cat Justice made several strong remarks and scratched a court orderly who refused the cat permission to sit in his lap.
The world waits to see if the administration of justice can meaningfully include cat jurors - and if cats, why not dogs. A member of the Tea Party in Boston says pigs were excellent jurors on Animal Farm, described by George Orwell.