Post # 1
Does anyone else keep seeing this?
Various facebook groups keep sharing ‘anti-animal abuse’ images… which sure, it’s fine, I’m against this stuff but actually sharing a video of a dog being shot? And the picture of those guys BEHEADING a dog?!
It’s sickening! If anything, by posting this stuff you’re encouraging it! Does anyone else see these sick posts?!
Post # 3
Yeah – I see them.. and they make me sick and feel guilty because I DO NOT SHARE them… ugh
I do on occasion sign the petitions, however. I feel like I can at least be effective in that way.
Post # 4
I feel about those pics the same way I feel about the “In the arms of the angel…” ASPCA commercials. *sobs quietly in the corner*
Post # 5
I haven’t seen these, but I do have a facebook friend who shared a bunch of really graphic images from the Boston Marathon bombing — like, images of people with their legs blown off and an image of the dead body of one of the bombers. He would invariably tag them with something like “if you can’t handle the honest truth of what happened that day then too bad for you I’m going to make you look at it anyway.”
I didn’t really understand what the point of sharing such graphic pictures was — same reaction I had when I read your OP about photos/videos of people doing horrible things to dogs. Not being completely desensitized to violence (whether it’s against dogs or humans) isn’t really something I’m ashamed of. In fact, I’m kind of proud that those images still have the ability to bother me. Forcing me to look at them is just … bullying, really. It certainly doesn’t make me trip over my feet trying to help you support your cause.
Post # 6
@Paiger8: Lol +1 I used to love “Angel” by Sarah Mclachlan… Until this commercial came out. I can’t even sing it in the house, because FI gets all upset… “Don’t sing that, it makes me too depressed! Lol
Post # 7
I think the term “raising awareness” has morphed into a useless, annoying monster when it comes to social media.
Sharing a petition to sign? That’s raising awareness.
Sharing a photo of a dog being shot? That’s a snuff film, the viewing of which does *zero* to help in the cause to prevent and stop animal cruelty.
In my opinion, it’s a lazy form of activism: “no, I won’t go volunteer in a shelter or donate my money to organizations that help abused animals…but I will rant and rave on Facebook about how horrible it is, that’s about the same thing.”
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Post # 9
@strawbs: That’s a good one, I’m going to have to start using that. It’s way better than “Armchair Activist”
Post # 10
I don’t like that approach because I feel like it numbs people to it, plus that’s not the way to get a point across. As a self-proclaimed huge animal rights activist I don’t support it.
Post # 11
they make me sick and i make a point to unfriend or hide the activity of anyone that does this
it doesn’t change anyone’s behavior
it should be against facebook tos
Post # 12
It’s just a more shocking version of an online petition – a way to feel useful when you’re really doing nothing at all. If you get stronger reactions, you feel like you’ve forced people to pay attention, as a blink in an otherwise monotonous online world.
Post # 13
I’ve seen some sad, somewhat violent/ explicit anti-animal abuse pics on FB but none like you’re mentioning, OP. It’s crazy that someone would post a video of a dog getting shot. What is wrong with people?!
@strawbs: I like that word!
@Paiger8: Oh man, those commercials make me cry!
Post # 14
I HATE those posts. I usually just hide them from my wall and/or block the person if they are a repeat offender.
Post # 15
One of my facebook friends did this all the time. I don’t need to come home after a long, tiresome day of work to see kittens being hung. I blocked her from my wall so I don’t see any of her updates.
Post # 16
@badabing88: whoah, 100+
This is like te 22nd time I’ve noticed an awesomely thoughtful post from you.
Me–sick of the typing “Activists”–those who sit in front of the computer and type type type about how outraged they are. bleh
Don’t they know that the computer is the place to see pretty dresses and rings on the WB? That’s what it is for.