Off-topic : family pets
As I've been reading through some posts in the last week or so, I've come across some cases where bratty stepchildren are mistreating the family pets. I strongly believe that if you are witnessing this in your home, you have a duty of care as a upstanding, law-abiding citizen to protect these animals. You need to disregard the complex layers of blended family dynamics, and step in and intervene on these animals behalf. They are powerless, vulnerable, defenceless and innocent.