I have been living on the island of Vieques for over 20 years now. I love this island and it’s community, but I am often disturbed by a disrespect I see for its animal population. Whether it be horses left tied in the hot sun for hours without water or dogs chained up and ignored day after day, they deserve better. These animals are sentient beings and share many of the same emotions that we as humans do. They feel pain, hunger, thirst, fear and boredom just as we do. They deserve food, water, shelter, love and respect just as we do.