I am a strong advocate of animal welfare (hence my use of the hashtag #mustlovedogs). There is no excuse for any animal abuse. Even livestock grown for food shouldn’t be mistreated before the end of the line comes for them. And there is certainly no reason to go hunting endangered and/or exotic beasts like rhinos or lions.
I also believe, despite all the discord amongst different parties and different political views, that there is one thing most Americans have in common: we love our pets! I have seen people who oppose each other on so many issues that can have a heartfelt conversation when talking about their pets. That must be one reason why we call dog “man’s best friend.”