Animal rights is not a conceit of developed states. There are those in the Caribbean who have also become much more active in the development of social knowledge of human dignity as expressed in human treatment of animals, and in the defense of animals against cruel and abusive treatment. Among these is the Cubanos en Defensa de los Animales (CEDA) [Cubans in Defense of Animals], a civil society which characterizes itself as a sociocultural and humanitarian project [un proyecto sociocultural y humanitario] centered in the Havana region. Its principal objective is to reduce the populaitons of street dogs and cats and to educate the public, especially children and youth , against animal violence ["El objetivo central de CeDA es disminuir las poblaciones callejeras de perros y gatos y educar a la población, especialmente niños y jóvenes, en la no violencia contra los mismos."].
CEDA's work has come to the attention of social media recently. Rene Gómez Manzano writes about the efforts of CEDA which resulted in the punishment of an individual associated with a government research center who engaged not only in acts of cruelty to animals, but posted his activities on line. But Gómez Manzano also notes the dearth of public sanction against some of the conduct alleged to have been committed by this person and opens the issue of the need for legislation or other avenues of conduct management, to reduce the incidence of such acts. The article, Perros desamparados en Cuba, follows below (Castellano only) and may be accessed where originally posted to CubaNet. While Gómez Manzano focuses on the sexual abuse involved in that case (see, e.g., here, and here for story from Indonesia), the more general issue of the human rights implications of animal abuse is worth much more intense consideration both in Cuba and among CARICOM states--to start.
Important, as well, is the relationship between abuse and social media that is coming to occupy a more important role in these activities. Social media appears to provide a larger space in both the performance of acts of cruelty (some abusers appear to crave an audience to enhance the value to them of their own debasement through acts of cruelty to animals), and in the possibility of the secondary effects that seem to satisfy an element of the population that appears to derive some vicarious pleasure from watching. Suppression may be impossible, but management may be more effective. It is in this respect, in any case, that a "social credit" or data driven governance approach to managing human behavior might gain traction (e.g., here).