I’ve Angered Those Who Believe In Declawing Cats!

I’ve Angered Those Who Believe In Declawing Cats!

by Elisa Black-Taylor
(USA)

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Blocked video message from Facebook

30-90-10 Good morning readers. This is going to be a long one, but it's necessary to explain what I went through Tuesday night on my Facebook page.

I've angered those who falsely promote the pro-declawing movement. Yes, dear readers, I've angered those who believe in declawing cats! All I can say is good. Those who want to declaw cats need their toes stepped on. Or their toes cut off. Then they'd know how the cats feel!

This all started when I put a link of a video from Furby's Catster page. It's in page 2 of his video book and any of you can look it up and see the first I posted on it on there. It's called Pedicure THE Alternative To Declawing.Please look it up manually so you'll know you're being directed to a safe site. http://www.catster.com/cats/1135737. Below is the exact same video now uploaded to Facebook.

Here it is on Facebook

As you can see, Furby is a very good little man having this done. It's been done to him since he was kitten. It's pain free and takes less than 5 minutes. He never was one to use a scratching post like Lola uses. So he sits on a small marble table and is rewarded for being so good.

The trouble started shortly after I posted the Pedicure THE Alternative To Declawing link.

First I received an email from Facebook late Tuesday night. Amazing because they never seem to be around when I'm having problems. I really don't believe anyone is running Facebook. The email read:

"Dear Elisa Black-Taylor,

We have detected that your Facebook account is infected with a form of malware, or virus, called Koobface. You downloaded the virus after receiving a message from a friend, which invited you to view a video. To restore your account, please log into Facebook and follow the instructions you see there. You can also learn more in our Help Center at: http://www.facebook.com/help/?topic=koobface

Thanks,
Facebook Security Team"

This made me cautious because I know how Koobface attacks. It leads the friend to an outside link and then asks the friend to download a fake update for flash player where the worm is hiding. The only thing I'd seen from an outside source was the Catster video. I went to sign into my Facebook account and was totally blocked.

This is where the night turned interesting. I ran the free online scan at www.bitdefender.com which catches Koobface. MY COMPUTER WAS CLEAN! And anyway, how would Facebook have known my computer was infected if it had been. They're not living inside my hard drive.

I was directed to restore my Facebook account by identifying five photos that came out my my friends albums. I have over 3600 friends who follow my stories on Facebook. But I did it. I did it three times (once each hour because that's all Facebook will allow) and got the five photos right on each occasion. Facebook refused to allow me onto the next step for restoring my account. On the third time identifying the photos correctly my account was finally restored. I feel very good that I could identify the photos with that many friends. I hope it shows how much I value them.

It was after restoring my account I learned the video had been turned into Facebook as "offensive." A warning was flashed when I tried to post it in a message to Declawing CrippledMyPaws. I wanted the opinion of one of the best in the anti-declawing world. I soon received a reply that there was nothing wrong with the video. I believe, as do most of my friends, that a declawing vet has turned the video in as "offensive."

I've sent messages to Catster and Facebook concerning the video. Of course, Facebook isn't being run by anyone and even if they were I don't think they'd break "privacy" violations and tell me who filed the complaint. Catster will be getting back to me and I'll post their opinion once I have it.

I don't have any proof the video was the reason my account was totally disabled until I proved who I was, but the coincidences are too great not to believe this is what happened. Facebook has rules to go by on why a video is offensive. Here they are.

-Videos containing nudity or pornography
-Videos with excessive gore or violent content
-Videos with racist/hate speech
-Videos containing drug use
-Videos that target an individual
-Videos that are not personal in nature

Facebook reviews every report we receive in order to determine whether or not the content violates our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, and will take appropriate action. Rest assured that these reports will be kept confidential.

The Furby video didn't fall into any of the categories. Unless you consider nudity since he doesn't wear clothes. At any rate, Facebook values the privacy of those who falsely try to bash someone trying to help cats, so how can I fight them?

This has only made me more determined than ever to fight declawing. I've never had so many people standing with me on an issue as with trying to promote this Furby video. All I was trying to do is show an alternative. Pedicures work for him. Nail clippers or a scratching post may work better for some of you. The point is DECLAWING IS NOT AN OPTION!! My purpose was to educate on how easily the pedicure is to do when a cat has been trained to allow it since kitten-hood.

There is sound on the video. If Furby had been in pain then everyone would have heard it. Many cats don't like the noise. It's clear he doesn't mind a pedicure at all.

I would like to mention I had several comments after my last declawing story from people who had declawed their cats and didn't have problems. I still defend the issue that declawing is devastating to a cat. I've heard from too many veterinary assistants who told of cats bleeding to death on the table from the surgery. Many veterinary assistants have actually given up their jobs and transferred to veterinarians who don't declaw because they simply couldn't watch the abuse anymore.

So I'm still against declawing. Now more than ever. I've apparently struck a nerve in my fight for the rights of our cats. And I'll continue to fight. I've shown on pictures-of-cats.org that I can handle criticism and learn from it. Whoever turned in my video needs to know one thing.

You don't know who you're dealing with when you make me mad. I can assure you it isn't pretty. You will not stop me. All you've done is strengthen the issue and make me more determined. Thank you-stupid person-whoever you are. The video may have been played a few dozen times if this person had left it well enough alone. This has backfired on you and this video will now be played thousands of times.

Because I want the readers here to spread this article around. I'll be making use of all of my sources to see this video is spread around. Again-thank you stupid person-
for turning this in.

This could happen to any of you readers who are against animal abuse issue. I hope this article teaches you how far some people will go to stop your fight and how to handle it if it does happen. I want everyone to continue the fight against animal cruelty. And declawing IS animal cruelty.

Elisa

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Oct 06, 2010
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Face facts
by: Anonymous

Lets face facts.No person in their right mind would go out and get a cat intending to have its toes chopped off.So whoever reported you is one of them and should be certyfied insane and locked away for life for the safety of all cats.


Oct 05, 2010
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Baffled
by: Kathleen

All I can say about this is that if Facebook is allowing links to be banned based on the say-so of one person, soon there won't be anything at all allowed on Facebook!


Oct 05, 2010
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Catster's Reply on video
by: Elisa Black-Taylor

Just heard from Catster where they reviewed the video. I asked them since the video was originally linked to the site when the Facebook people labeled it offensive

"It would seem that Catster members are more enlightened than the folks on Facebook. We can't do anything about the video being flagged on Facebook, but we didn't see anything problematic with the video.

Meows! & Purrrrsssss

-watch cat-"


Oct 02, 2010
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Battle goes on
by: Leah (England)

I hope whoever is responsible has read your article.

Theres nothing wrong at all with Furby's manicure.

Frankly I'n just so sickened by these people who will stop at nothing to line their pockets.

If you're out there lurking on the edge of your little de-clawing world be warned! this will be banned! We will never stop whatever you try to do!


Oct 01, 2010
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Claws
by: Edward

Whats wrong with people that claws are such a big deal?Theyre part of the cat and not some horrible dangerous weapons that have to be feared.
Anybody who doesnt love claws doesnt love cats.
Ed


Oct 01, 2010
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Irish
by: Michael

Irish, you sound like the sort of person that we, here, at PoC like.


Oct 01, 2010
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Ludicris
by: Irish Cornaire

Elisa,why don't ye send me the link in a private message on FB and let me try to upload it,we need to get this out there,declawing is cruel and people who want to declaw their cat(s) due to their furniture then gawd dammit don't get a cat,sorry but this just ticks me off,also I just thought ye can send the link to my e-mail as well...

i_luv_eire@yahoo.com

or

luv_cats_1957@yahoo.com

Irish


Sep 30, 2010
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FB is all computers
by: Elisa Black-Taylor

After all of this went down the other night I CUSSED them out. In used words that haven't come out of my mouth in YEARS!! If I worked for FB and read my email I'd have shut me down. Instead I got the same canned message about their rules. It has to be machines sending those out.

If any of you are on Facebook please send me friend requests. Facebook keeps shutting off the friend request function because I make friends too fast. The cat people send to Elisa Black Taylor or Elisa Black-Taylor. The dog people Elisabeth Black-Taylor. I'll accept everyone who sends me a request. Just no game requests. My writing leaves me too busy to play games.


Sep 30, 2010
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Ridiculous!
by: Dee!

Ridiculous! Absolutely ridiculous! Tell them to take their marbles & go home & play! They're acting like little kids! De clawing is inhumane! Nothing wrong with pedicures or different points of view! That's what these sites are for! GROW UP!!!!!!!


Sep 30, 2010
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Ridiculous harassment
by: Chris

Facebook is allowing innocent people to be harassed. It is obviously run by computers & not real people, otherwise they would allow a link to a video about humane, routine cat care! People have also had links prohibited because they talked about nutrition & how cats can't be optimally healthy on a vegan diet - something that the large majority of vets would probably agree.

I've seen people post truly profane & graphic links on their public walls with no way to report it to Facebook (FB instructions to report it didn't work). Is Facebook run by perverts & animal abusers? Are they accepting bribes? I really don't know. I do know they aren't being accountable for their actions.


Sep 30, 2010
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This is a DISGRACE
by: Jo Singer

I cannot believe that anyone could see anything offensive in your educational video! The only people that would block it would be those that are so pro-declawing that they won't even allow education about alternatives. This is truly a disgrace.

As far as Facebook is concerned, it worries me that the site would block such an informative video which provides essential information. I do hope you get to the bottom of what happened and that your video is restored.

You are a beacon of light for cats and their welfare. It is indeed a shame that your work was so rudely and inconsiderately banned.


Sep 30, 2010
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Don't understand
by: Michael

Elisa I don't understand why. This video is instructional and the manufacturers of the device would show something similar I would have thought. It is probably a better way that clipping to trim claws. So it doesn't make sense.

Are you sure Facebook's email is linked to the video? I ask because the video is obviously good. No one could complain about it.

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Sep 30, 2010
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I've Angered Those Who Believe In Declawing Cats!
by: dru


DECLAWING sucks!!!! i have a Siamese cat who is declawed~i got him that way, i would NEVER cut my cat's fingers off...NEVER, not in a million years. i think this "practice" should b OUTLAWED. from all i've read, declawing is like cutting off the first knuckle of a persons fingers.
i'm so sorry FB banned this....


Sep 30, 2010
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War on pro declawers !
by: Ruth

Pro declawers will go to any lengths to hide the truth about the cruelty of declawing and how very easy it is to care for a cat's claws rather than have his toe ends amputated. They don't want their cruel lazy selfish way of preventing the scratching behaviour of their cats to be stopped. Scratching that is not bad behaviour but is natural behaviour and is essential to a cat's health.
They can't be bothered to provide scratching posts and pads or to trim their cats claws or to teach to them to accept a pedicure as Furby does.
How that video could be thought offensive is totally beyond me when all over the internet there are videos of veterinarians who are supposed to be trained to help animals and who take an oath not to harm them, doing just that by showing various methods of declawing and disabling them !
Those are the videos which are offensive,not yours Elisa !

Kattaddorra signature Ruth


Sep 30, 2010
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Tried to repost
by: Elisa Black-Taylor

I tried to repost the link for THIS page to my group members at Declawing Veterinarians Should Be Blacklisted and Elisa Black-Taylor Readers Forum. It wouldn't post. I had to tell members to go to PoC and look up the story manually

This is NUTS!!



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