What Exactly is "Legal Standing?"
Since legal standing is defined by law as a person’s right or ability to sue, and since animals are regarding only as property (and thus are without “legal standing” of their own), nobody can sue solely on behalf of an injured, abused or murdered animal.
This means a human’s ability to sue is limited to proving that the defendant – in the process of abusing, injuring or killing an animal – caused injury or another form of harm to the plaintiff, a human witness. As you might surmise, any psychological damage is, to say the least, difficult to prove in court. In short, animal advocacy has been left standing in the cold, without legal standing.
The tragic irony here is that inanimate objects such as corporations, ships, estates and political bodies are classified as “persons” by law, while living, breathing, sentient beings of the animal kingdom have been abandoned by the forces of legal definition.