Update the Domestic Animal Cruelty Laws in Trinidad and Tobago

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Recently in Trinidad and Tobago, a dog was hanged on a tree in a horrific display of cruelty. This is not the first time, nor will it be the last, that someone abuses an innocent animal for no reason. 

The law currently pertaining to animal cruelty is the Summary Offenses Act of 1921. The relevant section is as follows: 

79. (1) Any person who cruelly beats, ill-treats, starves, overdrives, overrides, overloads, abuses, tortures, or otherwise maltreats any animal is liable to a fine of four hundred dollars or to imprisonment for two months.

This is unacceptable. $400 is not nearly enough. 

There is an amendment dealing with animal cruelty that has been laid in Parliament. During the COVID-19 crisis, the impetus for enacting this law will slow and nearly be forgotten, unless we can show our lawmakers that we demand it. We demand that the amendment is enacted as quickly as possible. 

We hear about mass poisonings and starving, chained-up animals all the time. Cruelty should not be a norm. 

It's time for a change. Sign the petition and let's show the government we want better for our animals.