July 25th 2012 2:50 pm
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editorials like this makes me cough up hairballs!!!
Telling us not to post animal abuse, or pics of poor kitties on death row.
Hey, editorial writer!! Yous knows how many kitties been rescued because of crosspostings, just like that??? let me tell you....LOTS
People who do that are doing the kitties a service. some find furrever homes in da 11th hour because of it.
My daddy crossposts daily, and i's loves him even more for it!!
and as far as animal abuse pics go, yes, some are gory, most very unsettling. but postings like that have gotten laws changed.
I's sorry if it offends your sense of taste, decorum, or whatevers. but anything we can do to help is great.
Ignoring the pics/not crossposting, and not thinking about it does no fur any good
Come on...get with it
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I gots to agree with you catfather. What's more, if you don't like it on facebook, just unsubscribe from the friend who does it or set it so you only get certain posts from them. How hard is that? Sometimes my mommy unsubscribes from friends because they over-post stupid politics or religious opinions and stuff like that and it annoys her. She might occasionally pull some of the animal lovers as well because she's having a bad day and just can't stand to see it, but she would never be mad at anyone for doing it, they are doing it out of loves. How hard is it to make a separate list of 'cat people' who post that stuff so that they are all in one place, if you don't want to see it, just don't click on that list. Don't get mad because someone is trying to save lives, even if it might be a futile effort. Sometimes it's the last chance a kitty has and sometimes, just sometimes, it saves a life. That's more important.
Thank mew River
Hi furry friend. I just got to let the human say something... Hi Blizzard we really respect you and everything you do, I'm sorry to disagree with you. I can understand where you are coming from but I really did not like looking at that photo of the bear with the ring through its nose. I do what I can for the Local SPCA. We have a box on the counter at work where we get people to donate money if we do a free job for them. Last year we managed to get $1,000.00 this year we hope to beat it. :)
But I found it sickening to go to a website I like and have that forced in front of me.
We are all cat lovers here (I hope) we'll I assume we are :/ and many are stretched as it is. I don't mind the posting of links to kitty's that need homes or those on death row. As, I can see a need for it.
But.... Not posting the actually gross photos like that bear.
I really don't like looking at cruelty photos or videos so will avoid those sites. If someone post's “check this out” or discuses about someone’s been cruel, even with curiosity I still won't look.
If a title of a video link looks slightly weird, and I do look. I will pause the video as soon as it starts and read the comments first. If they sound at all like a cruelty video I don't look and leave. I think we should have a choice. Sorry for conflicting with you. But I supposed there are always 2 sides and hopefully a happy middle ground :)
Direct PHOTO’S NO, LINKS YES. What do you think? I maybe wrong. This also maybe stemming from the other tasteless post, of the helicopter kitty maybe. I never read or looked at that one. But in the laws and legislation forums it’s necessary to post links to those sort of things because there will be other cats that can actually help and know what can be done or who you can report it to.
Besides I don’t’ think you do post photos directly here anyway, as I don’t recall any bad ones. I hope I haven’t tread on any paws and hope we are still friends
After reading Rivers comment, did I read this wrong? Ooops!
My mum agrees with Mr D's mum. We are all for cross posting to try and help get a kitty a furever home but animal abuse photos are too graphic to show for general viewing. We see enough of it on facebook so we don't want to see here too. May I add we hate animal abuse just as much as the next person or kitty. Remember bizz this is site that kids could get on see those photos and it could damage them for a long time.
it's ok, Mr D We love you.
this writer doesn't want to see ANY crossposting, or pics of abuse. only abuse pics daddy posts are tied to a petition to get a law changed
the pics we are talking about are on peoples fb page...not catster
my daddy posts on his fb page daily
you know, Mommy doesn't like seeng the pictures, but if she didn't sees the pictures, then it's like furgettin that all the suffering is out there and then what does that do!? Nothing! We see the posts in the petitions too-we will share those. we won't go to the sites, the bad ones. mommy will nevfur get this image she saw. right now it makes her sick.
You're right. We don't like seeing pictures, but if it helps motivates people to help then we can just ignore the parts we don't like.
You know there's an option that takes you right to the community page when you go to catster.com so you don't see the editorials. Most of them are a waste of time anyway.
Hmmm...we don't 'do' FB, so we are rather neutral in these matters, but those cross postings have helped many furs, of that we are certain, and I hope they will continue.
Cruelty pics turn meowmy'ds stomach,but she does see the need fur them, too, within reason, not for sensationalism, but to get things changed fur the better to prevent it...hmmm...guess we aren't so neutral after all, MOL!
This is a inneresting & deep think discussion. Is kinda nice 'at peeples er kitties is not getting angry. Sumtimes we jus' has diff'rent ideas & is okay.
Jen don' like seein' alla sad kitty/doggy pitchers but she like to read the "success" stories. If nobody posted the pitchers there may not be so many success stories. Gotsta he'p any way ya can.
OK, deep breath... This is Mama Alex, and I feel the need to speak up on this issue, having been the unsuspecting "victim" of a cross-posted animal abuse pic on FB. It was truly horrendous - worse than any I'd seen, though admittedly I haven't gone out of my way to see them. It was like being socked in the face, literally, with resulting headache and shock-like symptoms of light-headedness and cold hands and feet. I'm describing this, because it's important to point out that the reaction is not just one of distaste.
No, I do not need to see those pics to know that such exists; I have a very good imagination. I'm with Ingen - I like the success stories, and I'm not opposed to links being posted - I can choose not to click on them. I AM against unsolicited images of abuse. That said, I haven't seen anything here on Catster that bothered me. (I didn't go see the helicopter-cat video, though.) Oh, and I DID immediately go unfriend the individual who had posted the FB pic.
On facebook you can stop seeing posts from "those" people by clicking the drop down and hitting no more feeds in newsfeed. Have had to do that a lot. Some of the kitties are very nice cats but feel they need to cross-post or post every cat from a local shelter which in most cases is hundreds of miles away from us.
We support our local non-kill shelter. We have taken in stray cats, had them neutered/spayed, and taken them to the shelter or given them away.
Our FishStick was one of them. As a matter of fact, I was a stray when I was born as was my sispurr Bootbox. Our MamaCat took us from that house. Our GAGA was a stray.
We leave dry food and fresh water outside every night. We do all we can at "home".
We do not look at sad pictures or stories. We just can't.
There is too much good in the world and too many kind people trying to do the right thing by animals to bog up our minds with senseless acts. Although we know it goes on...
Catster is a wonderful safe place and so thankful for that.
Huggs to all Ya'll,
My m om is of two minds. River, we need to know how to do what your mom does sometimes, because sometimes the stuff she gets on abuse is just too much.
Mom recently tried to save a kitty from CACC. They kitty was euthanized becuase Mom's rescue couldn't get there quick enough. They tried.
We share whenver we can. River, Mom kisses your head and thanks your mom and thanks Blizzard for their kind remarks. As we struggle we realize how lucky we are to have a home with pawrents who love us and consider us family. We purr for those caught in very sad or desprerate situations. Abuse stories and bad posts destroy mom...she has nightmares and Dad gets upset. We gladly crosspost and have put ourselves on the open cage forster standby for a cat in need of help. (we must be careful as Natalie is not out of the woods yet, and big vet said the less stress for her the better) but Mom can't see cats being put down when she has a cage she can put one in. it's not ideal, but its better than being killed.
Samahains Mom, and Ingen, yes. We have to remember, most of us in one way or antoher are success stories. I certainly am. I th ink of so many of us here, scooped up from the streets, out of shelters, and stood up for....if we can pass on something, and help...we want to!
Mom signs all petitions against animal abuse and for animal freedom. Thats a given. But we would rather not see pictures. But we understand that some people need to make an impact....and sometimes, perhaps it's to make a very painful point...
We purr for all, and send much love out to all.
I let mama write--she jus' bus'in'.
From Mama Jen--I wanted to answer the question in your diary. "Is THIS the kind of editorials we really need?" I think if others could have THIS kind of discussion, without getting mean & nasty, then I think that this editorial is exactly what we need. It is simply the author's opinion. HERE, in your diary we can discuss/debate about it. Thank you to everyone that POLITELY & RESPECTFULLY stated their opinion. It's okay to have a difference of opinion--it is NOT okay to be rude and disrespectful.
I KNOW animal abuse happens far too often. It hurts me deeply, and I do not need to see the pics of it. I do what I can to stop it. I write to the law makers. I sign petitions. When I have money I donate to the no-kill shelters and rescue organizations.
As for the pics of the kitties/doggies that are about to be PTS, they hurt too. I wish I could save all of them. I can't. I understand that the cross posting may be their only/final chance at getting a home. Not often enough but sometimes, from these last ditch efforts, a cat/dog is saved. It's important to keep trying. Have to keep the faith. I do look at these pics and read their stories hoping that maybe there is something I can do this time.
Today in the bookstore, the Mama was discussing with a customer the feral colony of which she is caretaker. The customer related a story of the trip she and her son took on Earth Day some years past to hear the Dalai Lama speak. When asked what he personally did to honor Earth Day, The Dalai Lama answered: "When I leave a room, I try to remember to turn off the lights." So simply put! We can't do it all, but we each can do something. And all these efforts, DO have an effect. Peace, everyone!
Regarding the animal abuse pictures, Mom thinks they serve a purpose--to bring to light the horrible suffering of animals and the inhumanity of people. Some people only respond to high impact photos. That's the only way they will help or contribute. But, she doesn't blame anyone who would block those photos on Facebook.
Mom used to be upset about seeing the death row pictures, but then she thought about it. Those animals are facing death, the least she can do is read their story and help if possible. Even if only one is saved, it's worth it. :)
Much love to you all,
Catster is for having fun, developing lasting friendships and comforting those who need a shoulder to lean on. There are lots of kids on this site. They come here for fun and smiles. Catster's teach about kindness to animals. People want to help each other with their questions or problems.
We do have our sadness too. The cycle of a normal life is shown here. From birth, to caring for and living with cats, to Rainbow Bridge. Comfort and compassion is the agenda.
I think views expressed in writing are fine but, not photos. Expression is good for the soul. Abuse photos have their place. Catster is not that place.
There are many other places one can go to express the concerns in living color. You have a much larger network to pull from. More unknowing people who may learn something from those awful photos.
We here at Catster are well aware of the horrors of animal abuse. Many of us have seen it first hand. Much is spoken on a one on one bases as we know there are people who don't want the exposure.
People get pretty aggressive and down right hateful when it comes to abuse. We don't welcome that kind of discussions here.
I have been involved in the Caboodle Ranch Story ever since it began and there are some real sick people out there who don't know how to argue and talk intelligently. Some horrific and brutal terminology in their discussions. If fact some of those on Facebook are now being served warrants themselves for threats. That's not Catster.
Many who have left Facebook to return to a more comfortable setting. And Catster's pay for that right as members. When members speak on Catster they are heard.
If you are asked not to do something please agree. The object is not to hurt, offend and above all, cause some young person to leave Catster at night and have nightmares.
Kitties needing homes are displayed here a lot on the pages. Fosters, Vets, Vet Techs, Shelter employees and volunteers, pet shops owners and their employees and have pages here. Catster more then plays their part in finding homes for abandoned cats.
Don't take offense to the responses on this page. Some will agree, some will partly agree but, all Catster's are a far different breed then other groups.
A good warm feeling is what a Catster wants when they turn off their computers and go to bed with their furs.
I wasn't sure if I was clear that I was talking about animal abuse photos on Facebook, not on Catster. I don't think that those photos have any place on Catster. This is a family-friendly site like Annie Spokescat said.
I was referring to Catster too that bear with the nose ring was on my Catster page and I didn't like it. Hiss at that photo. We don't really do FB so we can't comment on that. The human has an account but only 4 friends I think.