STOP PRESS PETITION
You will NOT be seeing us much on Facebook for the time being. Why? In spite of it being a valuable part of any bloggers way of increasing hits, circulation; a way of reaching out to their friends and family; a common bond for many people and a source of fun and joy – Facebook has gone too far and many people are distressed – many pet lovers, and pet owners.
Attached to this link to an online newspaper article reporting on a video of a kitten being set ‘doused in petrol and set alight’ which Facebook says “does not breach any Facebook guidelines“. We appeal to Facebook to reconsider – this may be a criminal offence.
- Make sure Facebook knows you are concerned – use their feedback form.
- Spread the word to your local media – online and paper newspapers.
- Keep up the pressure by spreading the MailOnline article on social media.
- Contact the shareholders and express your concern and distress – be polite and reasonable.
Facebook states : “Facebook has long been a place where people turn to share their experiences and raise awareness about issues important to them. Sometimes, those experiences and issues involve graphic content that is of public interest or concern, such as human rights abuses or acts of terrorism. In many instances, when people share this type of content, it is to condemn it. However, graphic images shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence have no place on our site“
So, murdering a small kitten, making its final moments on this earth utterly and agonisingly distressing does not count as “graphic images shared for sadistic effect….” I would beg to differ with Facebook. This is desperately upsetting. We recommend our colleague Beagle who has great advice to compliment our post.
We have to think long and hard about the time we spend there – we know some good hard working folks, people we respect, who work hard for animals, Facebook may eventually take down the distressing video but we hope you can respect our decision to take a time out.
Miranda, Harvey and Silver
Team Dash Kitten