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by Anti-DogFighting Campaign category: Cause
This campaign ended on July 31 at 11PM
THE ANTI-DOGFIGHTING CAMPAIGN OFFICIAL STATEMENT/PLEA
The Anti-DogFighting Campaign DOES NOT support closing down pages of animal abuse and this is why.......Many people on Facebook who see heartbreaking photos of animals in harm, fought, tortured, and abused, tend to ask others to help in reporting pages to Facebook. We are also continuously receiving messages about signing the circulating petitions regarding "Demand Facebook to Remove ALL dog fighting groups and negative pages AGAINST "pitbulls". Well I can tell you right now, that is the WORST thing that anyone can do. The Anti-DogFighting Campaign DOES NOT support closing down pages of dog fighting and animal abuse and this is why.......Removing these pages only hides this from your view...the animals are continuing to suffer and the offenders are continuing to get away with the crimes. Everyone may hate to "see" the photos....but the animals are the ones who have to "feel" the pain. These pages are the ONLY link to where these animals are located and the ONLY way to get help to these animals. These pages are evidence to use in courts to make sure that offenders are prosecuted. And removing the pages only makes the jobs of those of us who work hard to get justice for the animals....campaigns, police departments, lawyers, officials,....all of us. These pages should be used for evidence in the courts and these pages should be used to convince our state officials that these crimes are being committed and for the laws to be changed and penalties should be harsher. Why not use the pages to the advantage to save animals and punish offenders rather than hide them just because you can't handle "seeing" the tortures these animals have to endure. Can you really say that removing these pages is helping these animals???? TRUE advocates fight hard to SAVE animals, not hide the pages so the pain can continue. TRUE advocates want to see justice for these animals, not hide the pages so that offenders are hidden so they can continue to torture these animals. It does take ALL of us working together. Animal advocacy is NOT all glimmering, wonderful stories with happy endings unfortunately. Although we wish they were. But the reality is that these animals are being posted because of their situation and because they need help/saved, and because the offenders are committing these crimes. These animals are the ones who need our voices to help them. So hiding the horrors of these animals just hides the situation that we, as "true" animal advocates, fight so hard to end. Without the photos, and without these pages that show what is going on with these animals who are in danger, nobody would know that they need help. So where is the logic in signing petitions to stop Facebook from allowing these pages and groups from being seen and where is the logic of reporting these pages/groups to Facebook, who will only remove the page, hide the situations these animals are enduring, and Facebook will NOT and does NOT report any of these pages to authorities of any kind...where does it leave these animals who we are advocating for daily? What happens to their voice when the only link to find them is gone? Where would TRUE animal advocacy be? Please be a voice for these animals, don't hide their cries and pain and please don't hide their only link to the outside world to gain a voice. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Thanks to ALL who have took the time to read this important message and for being a positive and true voice for our campaign and for all these animals who need you. ~~Anti-DogFighting Campaign Founder
I am the Owner/Founder/CEO of the Anti-DogFighting Campaign. I have been advocating for animals for the past 20 years and the past 16 have been devoted to battling the issues of dog fighting. When we get reports of abuse and dog fighting pages, my awesome team of investigators start working hard to collect information and evidence. It is so upsetting when we are collecting and all of a sudden, the page is gone because people report the page. The problem is that the page may be gone because people couldn't handle the images, but the only link to find these animals and collect evidence to punish offenders is also gone. The Anti-DogFighting Campaign works with authorities, agencies and organizations worldwide to end dog fighting. Even in locations where dog fighting is legal...there are still organizations battling these issues and saving these animals by any means possible. The Anti-DogFighting Campaign works with all of these wonderful organizations. Proof/evidence moves mountains until the mountain collapses in front of you. Please remember that just because a page is removed, it doesn't mean the suffering and pain is gone. It does mean that the only link to these animals and the only link to save them is gone. And it does mean that you help offenders continue to commit the crimes of animal cruelty, abuse and dog fighting. Offenders need to pay for their crimes and the animals need your voice. Please be part of the solution. Help us spread awareness and Be A Voice For The Victims.
J Dean LeMaster