Medieval Justice: Pig was put on trial, sentenced and executed for murder

(ORDO NEWS) — In the Middle Ages, animals were judged on a par with humans. Animals could commit a variety of crimes, including murder, complicity in bestiality, damage to crops and property.

If found guilty, large animals were punished by execution or exile, and small animals by excommunication or condemnation by a church tribunal.

One of the most famous animal trials took place on January 9, 1386 in Falaise, France. A young pig was arrested for attacking a 3-month-old infant in his crib, biting and tearing his face, which eventually led to the infant’s death. The pig was arrested for the murder and put in jail. Then she was tried in a court, the same as for people!

The pig was found guilty and sentenced to “mutilation and mutilation of the front legs” and then to death by hanging.

On the day of execution, the pig was dressed in a waistcoat, gloves and underpants and taken to the gallows in the market square. The executioner was given new gloves so that he would leave the execution with clean hands, thus showing that he was not guilty of shedding blood.

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An illustration depicting a sow and her piglets on trial for the murder of a child. The trial allegedly took place in 1457, the pig was found guilty and the piglets were acquitted

Judging by documentary evidence, the pig was the most common animal in the Middle Ages. This is mainly due to the fact that pigs were given more freedom to roam the streets than other animals, and that they existed in much larger numbers. However, other animals were tried for various offences, including bulls, dogs, goats and roosters.

Many scientists have tried to find an explanation for this strange phenomenon. However, the exact cause of these strange occurrences may never be fully understood.

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