Is the animal cruelty unit in operation yet, Commissioner Griffith?

Commissioner of Police, Griffith, made claims that an animal cruelty unit of “hand-picked” officers would be set up soon. That was in March, 2019. Here is the article in the Trinidad Guardian:

After 40 or more cats were poisoned last month at the Caroni Bird Sanctuary no arrests have been reported. Clarence Rambharat, the Minister of Agriculture, who is a self-professed hunter, has not made public the contents of the report on the incident that he was awaiting. How is a hunter made Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries anyway?

This case highlights how persons appointed to power can undermine the good work that citizens do to make Trinidad a better place. There are scores of citizens struggling to care for rescue animals every day with absolutely no help from the persons actually tasked with the authority and power to really make a difference. It makes one wonder why such persons who crave a position of power so badly, need it so badly, sit in ineffectual reverie for the duration.

Clearly, Commissioner Griffith, the police and the Agriculture Minister have other priorities. It does not matter that animal cruelty and sociopathy / criminality go hand-in-hand and is entrenched as causality in modern scientific literature. Considering that Trinidad and Tobago’s education system still operates on child psychology principles from the 1960s, we are not surprised.

Why do you think developed societies crack down on animal cruelty so harshly? Is it because they love animals more than we do? No. They crack down because persons who perpetrate acts of animal cruelty are a very high risk to society in terms of antisocial criminal behaviour (McPhedran, 2009). Killing animals or cruelty to animals is but a tip of the iceberg.

Persons who commit animal cruelty have a 70% likelihood of suffering from antisocial personality disorder and concomitant violent criminal conduct (Wax, 1974). Do you know how many criminal offenders in Trinidad have antisocial personality disorder or narcissistic personality disorder / antisocial personality disorder overlap? Upwards of 80%. Animal cruelty is not an animal problem (Duncan, 2002), Griffith and Rambharat, it is a symptom of societal breakdown due to the explosion of unchecked conduct mental health disorders in Trinidad society.

Developed nations view the protection of animals as the FIRST step in retarding societal sociopathy, not the last step. This is backed up by the evidence (Flynn, 2001; Patterson-Kane, 2009).

Today, it is seen to be ‘fashionable’ to protect animals. Animal protection laws in developed nations predated the Cambridge Declaration of Intelligence in Animals, 2013 by decades. The laws predated fashionable left-wing trends by decades. Why? The laws were enacted to protect society from people who had these violent tendencies. Societies are not built by tossing random crabs in a barrel. Societies are engineered using psychological theories formulated in the late 1930s: theories on controlling individual human behaviour and on controlling human behaviour in large groups. Having large swaths of the population operating as sociopaths is not compatible with a sustainable society.

Scientific evidence is not always in-line with what ‘the man on the street’ thinks as obvious. You want to start reigning in Trinidad’s explosion of overt and non-overt propensity for psychopathology? Start with protecting animals first.

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