You might be aware that TikTok is controversial. There is good and bad. One good TikTok channel is operated by Ben the Vet. He is the voice of reason. He’s an intelligent guy presenting the truth on a factual basis. His thoughts chime with mine. Interestingly, he claimed that he is sometimes rubbished in comments. The truth is that some people don’t like to hear the truth about dog breeds for example. He criticises extreme breeding and dogs and their high coefficient of inbreeding. In Ben’s case it is a battle between the intelligent and rational versus the ignorant and irrational. It seems that ignorance gravitates to social media.
In the video below you see him criticising an idiot dog owner who made a video which Ben rightly states can encourage gullible people to copy which exposes them to possible life changing injuries. That is one example of TikTok’s bad influence. Note: I can’t promise the video will exist as long as this website. It might stop working.
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In the past I have written about other unpleasant videos such as: the cats lap challenge, a “let’s scare the cats and entertain the public” video, a video in which they pretend that their dog has bitten them, and another video in which a craze was started by using a cat as a phone. These are just examples of how TikTok can influence gullible people into abusing animals indirectly or directly.
TikTok is owned by Beijing-based tech company ByteDance. It was founded by the Chinese billionaire entrepreneur, Zang Yiming. It is said that all Chinese businesses have an obligatory allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party. It is alleged that they spy on the world where possible and send the data back to the Chinese government. It applies to devices manufactured in China and websites such as TikTok. The West does not trust China. Neither do I. I wish the West could be weaned off Chinese manufactured products. It is about time.
Steps are being taken and, for example, it was reported that in December 2022, US state and federal officials banned TikTok on government devices due to these alleged data collection practices and the business’s ties to the Communist Party.
TikTok’s guidelines prohibit the uploading of animal abuse and cruelty videos. But it is impossible to monitor and moderate such a large website. They are reliant on users to report abuses. And so, there are probably hundreds of thousands of animal abuse videos on this popular website.
The Sun newspaper among other news media outlets, reported on TikTok’s sickening rise in animal abuse videos. They report on cats being frightened, slapped and strangled to entertain the masses. Quite horrible.
There was a slapping your cat trend at one stage I recall. In one video a woman strokes her cat. The music in the background is Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. The woman suddenly becomes aggressive and slaps her cat on the face and body. The cat becomes petrified, bares their teeth and cowers in pain.
What is particularly troubling is that commenters often enjoy this. For example, two commenters wrote: “l laughed so much” and “LMFAO snot flew, help!”
It is claimed that this is normalising animal abuse and violence against animals. The Sun newspaper approached TikTok who agreed that there was no place for this kind of video on their platform. However, they took down around 20% of the videos pointed out to them, all of which showed various versions of animal abuse.
The big social media websites are very reluctant to remove videos which contravene their policy regulations. They simply want to grow their site as fast as possible. They don’t want to upset users and create any negative influences to uploading more and more videos in this manic competition between social media sites to be the most successful.
In another mini-trend by the look of it, there were or perhaps still are videos of owners forcing elastic bands over their cat’s head; forcing their ears upright to make them look like a rabbit. Obviously, this upset the cats and once again is an example of callous, careless and unthinking animal abuse.
In another video a woman throttled her cat, squeezed their cat’s jaw and slapped him. I could go on but the point has been made.
Voice of reason
Someone like Ben the Vet is a beacon of sanity and light amongst some of the depravity and darkness on TikTok. There is a lack of willingness by ByteDance to wrestle with the uploading of animal abuse videos and a desire by some ignorant people to upload them because they find them amusing at the expense of animal welfare.
These people show the world the less than acceptable relationship that humans have with animals.