Pet defence

Thanks to Ron for spotting this one!

A Bolivian man has avoided deportation from the UK after the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal ruled that because he and his girlfriend bought a cat as a family pet, sending him home would constitute a breach of his human rights by interfering with his family life.

Judge James Devittie made his ruling after the Bolivian submitted evidence that claimed joint ownership of the pet with his girlfriend demonstrated he was settled in Britain and it would break human rights rules to remove him.

The name of the cat cannot be revealed for legal reasons (seriously!) in order to protect his or her privacy.

A dangerous precedent if the ruling is allowed to stand, although it could help solve the abandoned animals problem!