Brilliant white, deaf Norwegian Forest Cat loves long cycle rides in London

Travis and Sigi

This is a story with lessons! Lots of them. It concerns a proactive, positive man, Travis Nelson, who suffered from depression to suicidal levels in San Francisco, California after he lost his job but successfully turned his life around while providing an exciting life full of mental stimulation for his brilliant white, clear blue-eyed, …

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Surge in pet advert scams online in the UK

Animal scams online

In the UK, fraudsters are advertising non-existing pets on social media for sale and this is just one tiny aspect of the burgeoning expansion of crime in the UK where the police are sitting on their hands doing nowhere near enough about it. For example, just 6% of burglaries are solved by police in …

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Silencing volunteers at animal shelters in the United States

Shelter workers' freedom of expression is protected by the First Amendment in the US

Nathan Winograd, an animal advocate and lawyer, has criticised the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (LACDACC) about their policy which in effect silences volunteers working at animal shelters who want to expose malpractice. Mr Winograd tells me in an email that LACDACC have just released a policy which prohibits volunteers …

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Twitter needs to restrict freedom of speech on animal cruelty in Asia

The title might sound bizarre; as if written by an animal abuser. Quite the contrary. Please read the entire article and please don't skim it or speed read it. I am all for freedom of speech, one of the pillars of human society enshrined in the constitution of many countries. And Elon Musk, who owns Twitter, is strongly for giving Twitter users free-rein to more or less say and show what they like even if it is highly unpleasant as is the case with the Yulin dog meat trade and market in China. I am all for fighting this horrendously cruel human behavior. The cruelty needs to be aired on social media. BUT, there is a limit to this. Twitter knows that I am interested in animal welfare which means that this social media platform automatically serves me videos and images from the dog meat markets of Asia that are simply unpalatable. They are impossible to look at. Constant publication of animal abuse images on Twitter desensitizes the average citizen and pushes away the sensitive animal advocate and is counterproductive. There needs to be a balanced approach in which animal abuse images and videos are shown to educate people but where a warning is given to allow readers to make an informed choice. - MikeB I take an alternative stance on this topic in another article (click to see it if you wish) and it sounds as if I am contradicting myself but I'm not. I am seeking a balance which protects the viewers while airing the important topic of animal welfare which includes on occasions showing images of animal abuse. [caption id="attachment_171262" align="alignnone" width="810"] Twitter animal abuse videos and images can be counterproductive. Image: MikeB[/caption] Desensitizing the average viewing public I have to skip past them by scrolling down the Twitter page as fast as possible. Twitter administrators are not doing their job with sufficient vigor or commitment. Or they think it is okay for the general public to see horrendous animal cruelty. Seeing this stuff can harm the viewer psychologically. The end result is a world in which a dog has been harmed through gross cruelty and a human who's been harmed by viewing the gross animal cruelty. What's the point? The users who tweet cat and dog cruelty in Asia need to be reminded that they can get their message across about the cruelty of the Asian dog and cat meat markets WITHOUT showing pornographic videos and still images that break the heart. The same applies to any animal cruelty. I have seen many tweets by animal rescue organisations showing unpalatable images of injured or diseased cats and dogs. They are too difficult to view. They should not be published on Twitter. Surely there has to be a limit to protect the public, particularly children? These images and videos may inure children to animal cruelty. They may become desensitized to it. This would have a negative impact in the fight for better animal welfare in the future. Words only sometimes Twitter administrators should introduce a rule which makes it mandatory to use words only or acceptable pictures when hammering home the point about dog and cat cruelty in Asia. Words are enough if they are used to maximum effect. Twitter could jazz up the platform to make the presentation of words more interesting. At the moment is all the same format and font. It is dull. Add different fonts, different sizes and different colours. Glorifying abuse I learned this years ago. Users of the internet including website owners can't glorify animal abuse. They can't try and obtain shock value by presenting gruesome animal abuse. In doing so they will probably push away sensitive animal advocates who they need to support the movement against Yulin dog meat festival and markets. Think of a different way to fight the cruelty. To simply post sickening videos which cannot be watched by anyone with a modicum of decency won't work for the vast majority of social media users. It just puts them off and makes them shut the horrors out of their minds. PETA PETA's M.O. is to shock the public with horrible animal abuse videos and images. I understand this. But once again, it can be overdone and it can end up being counter-productive for the reason stated. It can desensitise. Sickening images need to be published with great caution and in a regulated way in order that they may maintain their impact and be an effective tool against animal cruelty and in support of animal welfare.

  The title might sound bizarre; as if written by an animal abuser. Quite the contrary. Please read the entire article and please don’t skim it or speed read it. I am all for freedom of speech, one of the pillars of human society enshrined in the constitution of many countries. And Elon Musk, …

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On Twitter when you search for the word “cat” you get a cat in a blender

The downward spiral on Twitter (alleged)

In this video, you see a commentator on Twitter (I do not know who he is) criticising Elon Musk for making things worse on that social media platform since he bought it. The man says that Musk go rid of 90% of Twitter employees which I think is incorrect and an exaggeration and in …

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Tweet claims a group of Chinese guys are killing cats in food blenders (and microwaves?)

"Man killing cats For more information search for Kediyi Mikrodalga on Google."

This is the tweet using shorthand language: “Someone needs 2 do smt abt this, #CatBlender there will be a group of Chinese guys going live tomorrow and they’re planning on hurting and killing multiple cats in brutal ways, if there’s any way we could stop this please boost ‼️‼️ This is the video: This …

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Online invitations to adopt a 40.3-pound grossly obese cat went viral. Good or bad?

Patches an obese cat at 40.3 pounds prior to adoption

NEWS AND COMMENT: I think that it is worthwhile discussing this story from the point of view of ethics. Something which perhaps would not occur to most people but I think it’s a valuable discussion in this instance. Here we have a grossly obese and large domestic cat that found himself at the Richmond …

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Weird baby-faced, Russian dwarf Instagram star who loves cats and abuses them

Hasbulla Magomedov with his Scottish Fold type cat

NEWS AND OPINION: I don’t think you can get anything weirder than this in respect of a person’s relationship with their cat both in terms of the person looking extraordinary and the fact that he professes to love cats but hits his cat. Like I said, it’s weird. And it is tiresome really to …

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