American society's perception of animals has come a long way since the country was founded over 200 years ago. However, the court system has been slow to evolve along with these views, and the standing requirement maintains a barrier for those wishing to enforce protection through litigation. While protective legislation currently exists, it does not provide the necessary means of enforcement to accomplish its objectives. Thus, the enactment of new legislation is necessary to ensure animals in this country exist under decent and humane conditions.
Note, No Cracks in the Wall: The Standing Barrier and the Need for Restructuring Animal Protection Laws, 57 Clev. St. L. Rev. 137 (2009)