Every country in the world has their own criminal justice system to ensure that those who commit crimes are arrested, tried and locked up. This is so that the public can be better protected, as they will be safe from the criminal being able to commit further crimes and to serve as a deterrent to others who might want to emulate the actions of the wrongdoer and commit crimes of their own. Additionally, sending someone to prison gives the authorities a chance to try to educate and rehabilitate them to change their behavior. It therefore makes sense that one of the principle roles of the police is to arrest those that are suspected of criminal activity.
While they often do a very good job, the police do not always get it right. It has been known in rare cases for authorities to go a little off the rail and behave in strange ways. One of the most bizarre things that officers have done in the line of duty is to arrest animals for a number of alleged reasons. Sometimes it is because they live in a part of a world that believes in black magic or because they are uneducated and under-trained. Whatever the case, animal arrests have taken place in a number of locations around the world and for some surprising reasons.
10 Cat Smuggler
9 Vandalizing Goats
8 Assaulting Donkey
7 Immigrant Monkey
6 Pigeon Spy
5 Prison Break Cat
4 Thief Goat
Nigerian police arrested a goat in 2009 on charges of robbery. A group of vigilantes had handed the animal over to authorities as they believed it had been involved in a number of armed robberies. They also alleged that the goat was in fact really a person who had used black magic to transform into a goat in order to evade justice. This power is something that is commonly believed in Nigeria. Representatives for the police told conflicting stories, with some claiming that the goat was being detained while an investigation took place, and another explained that it was only being held in case its owner came to claim it.
3 Killer Cow
2 Biting Monkey
1 Elephant Murderer
In 2013, an elephant in India was arrested for the apparent killing of three women when it rampaged during a parade at a temple celebration. The animal was captured by state authorities and kept in captivity until the magistrate court could decide its future. The owner was eventually able to secure the release of the elephant through bail by paying a fine and guaranteeing that it would not engage in any further criminal activities. The elephant, which goes by the name of Thechikottukavu Ramachandran, now has two unique records in India. It was the first ever elephant to be arrested by police and is now the only animal to be charged with murder and subsequently released on bail.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, timesofindia.indiatimes.com, telegraph.co.uk, bbc.com
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