In two recent landmark rulings advocating for animals’ rights, the Oregon Supreme Court granted animals some rights formerly reserved for humans. Individuals in Oregon are now expected to face harsher sentences for animal abuse or neglect, according to the court. The verdict came after two cases. In the first case, Arnold Nix was convicted of 20 counts of second degree animal neglect after police found dozens of starving horses and goats on his property. This was a step forward in that the 20 animals were counted individually as separate “victims,” instead of lumped together as one.