"Animals can be considered family".. Categorize animal abuse acts as indictable offences

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Animals are increasingly being understood as not merely property as once thought but as sentient beings in a very similar way as human beings. Domesticated animals are becoming part of human families and are helping children develop that much needed sense of empathy and compassion, responsibility and respect for life. Our laws in Trinidad and Tobago still reflect the archaic thinking that animals are just objects to be discarded as we feel. "Pet parents" are struggling to cope with the very real possibility of poisoning, theft (often for breeding or worst fates) and the occasional burning or hanging of their adopted family members. One of our very fundamental human rights enshrined in our Constitution is the right to respect for family life. This is being blatantly violated and absolutely no form of legal justice can be sought. The trauma many face is unbearable and still pails in comparison to the thought of having to know the ones responsible while having no recourse for justice or even having to live in fear of them. We are calling on the Attorney General to finally take the stance against such behavior and strike it down as not merely criminal, which it ought to have already been classed, but as an indictable offence so that the severity of taking life can be realized throughout our society and our culture. We're only calling for us to embody what the greater minds of history have already shown us: That the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated ...