They already treat dogs better than they treat certain classes of people. If you did to a dog what they do to little children every day in the abortuaries, or what they did to Terri Schindler Schiavo, you'd go to jail.
If you don't believe in protecting the God-given unalienable right to life of every single person in this country, how are you any different than them?
I am for protecting the Right of all individuals. I also believe in following the process instead of shoe-horning in definitions willy-nilly.
It isn't a living document. Amend the language, don't change the meaning.