There are a lot of anti-animal cruelty posts popping up on my Facebook feed at the moment. They go along the lines of ‘What an awful person / Let’s find this person / This person should be prison’ etc followed by an image of the individual(s) carrying out the abuse or an image of the result of the abuse. Often I find myself staring at a dead dog before my brain has had a chance to catch up with why I’m seeing this. A few weeks ago whilst scrolling through my Facebook feed a video of a cat being set on fire started playing without me asking it to. I cannot ever un-see this and it haunts me.

Now, I know that the people publishing the anti-animal cruelty posts have good intentions. They feel that by making these despicable acts known on the world wide web, the individual(s) will be named and shamed and receive some kind of retribution. They think it helps.

I think the opposite. I think that by posting and sharing these images you are doing exactly what the abusers want you to do. You are publicising their actions.

Ask yourself  ‘Why do these images exist in the first place?’. Answer: the abuser or the witnesses of the abuse took them and they took them for a reason. You know what these reasons are. Just because you write a condemning message in the prelude to the photo, doesn’t change its original intent. Say they took the image in order to gloat and show off, then all of a sudden its gone viral on Facebook because people are so outraged. Well they are getting the notoriety they wanted aren’t they?  Its irrelevant that you are saying something negative about them, to them they have suddenly become ‘famous’.

Famous for being an arsehole, is still famous.

Its also very likely that these images are being distributed by sites who do it for the shock value. They are deliberately provoking you. They want you to be disgusted, write angry comments and share share share! Why? Because it brings more traffic to their site, that’s why. And what does more traffic mean? More advertising moo-lah, thats what!

If you disagree with me, ask Peta – they take a similar view.

I’m not saying that we should live in ignorance and pretend its not happening. I’m not saying you shouldn’t publish posts about helping animal charities or raising money. I’m saying that you shouldn’t dance to an abusers tune.

Don’t share images of their cruelty.

 

Please Stop Sharing Images Of Animal Abuse On Social Media

32 thoughts on “Please Stop Sharing Images Of Animal Abuse On Social Media

  • April 11, 2016 at 7:54 am
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    I couldn’t agree more. I’m a complete animal nut, I give money to a local charity who rescue abused animals but seeing it on social media is NOT beneficial to anybody x

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    • September 12, 2016 at 1:16 pm
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      I don’t agree. I started to see this awful pictures, films on social media 2 years ago. It made me sick to my stomach and frankly I haven’t asked nobody to show me those horrible “scenes” which take place every day in our life. Million of helpless animals who want to live are tortured, slaughtered every day! It’s just so bad!

      Well, it changed me. I didn’t know that that degree and amount of cruelty towards animals exist. It made me sad, made me cry and it still does. It’s surely discomforting to me and now I just click those images away. I’ve seen enough to know that this is no game. It’s reality. So yes, I don’t live in a “fairycastle” no more nor do you. I am convinced that more and more people need to realize that a drastic change is needed on this planet. Look at the youngsters. More and more kids, teenagers, young adults converting to a more healthy and sustainable life style and go vegan…

      Since January 2015 I converted to a vegetarian, since November 2015 I am a vegan. Thanks to those pictures and movies… If it’s not working for you, too bad. But I know many people like me who started to connect to this tragedy… and I am sure many will follow.

      If people say I can’t see it it’s to painful I say imagine what those animals are going through. Should that be put in the closet?

      I don’t think so.

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  • April 13, 2016 at 10:35 am
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    I couldn’t agree more. Sharing images like this doesn’t help anybody as all those idiots who’ve created them see is that they’re getting shares / comments etc.

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  • April 14, 2016 at 8:35 am
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    I honestly could not agree more. Some of the stuff I see on Facebook is downright sick and disgusting and upsets me so much. Like you say, you can’t unsee it and it ends up haunting you beyond belief. FB need to do more around this I believe. #brilliantblogposts

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  • April 14, 2016 at 9:21 am
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    Agree with every word you are saying. You have to ask yourself who was taking the video and why? What really is their purpose in it and why didn’t they try and stop what they had seen. By sharing the video you are just doing exactly what the abuser has probably hoped you would do. It doesn’t help anyone #stayclassy

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  • April 14, 2016 at 1:38 pm
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    Well said. Totally agree, I don’t really understand why you would share something like that? Even if it’s saying something negative about what’s happening…..as you’ve said, they want publicity even if it’s bad! Thanks for sharing with #StayClassy!

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  • April 14, 2016 at 6:47 pm
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    Completely agree, nobody is benefiting by sharing or seeing these photos, it’s just horrific and very upsetting all round. #stayclassy

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  • April 14, 2016 at 10:27 pm
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    Oh my gosh, yes! Thank you for pointing this out. It seems so obvious that by sharing, commenting, etc., that the perpetrators are still receiving the attention and satisfaction that they want. Thank you! THIS, I am sharing across all of my social media. #BrilliantBlogPosts

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  • April 15, 2016 at 6:11 am
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    Absolutely agree with you. I also think it’s dangerous to share any picture on a name and shame basis. You can’ argue with video evidence, but how do I know a photo of someone’s face and some words that accuse is the truth? I think it’s very vigilante. #effitfriday

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  • April 15, 2016 at 8:30 am
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    Totally agree with this – I’ve seen a few of these on my facebook lately and I wish I hadn’t. Sharing videos doesn’t do anything to help stop this behaviour. #PoCoLo

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  • April 15, 2016 at 8:39 am
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    I agree – I definitely don’t want to see something like that. I don’t know anyone who would, really – animal abuse is terrible, but watching videos of it isn’t going to help. #effitfriday

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  • April 15, 2016 at 9:13 am
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    I hate this too – especially when videos auto-play. I nice saw something if dogs that had been skinned alive. I know we need to be aware of things – but jeez. Sarah #FabFridayPost

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  • April 15, 2016 at 9:18 am
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    I totally agree with you on this and obviously it stands for any type of abuse. I hats scrolling down my news feed only to see a video start playing of a child/elderly person/animal being abused. It makes me fee physically sick. Apparantly I can change my settings so that the video doesn’t automatically start playing bit even if I knew how to do that why should I have too. Just stop sharing that shit already! I mean who actually wants to see it? Sick.

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  • April 15, 2016 at 8:11 pm
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    I totally agree with you – I hate to see these pictures and I can’t understand why people keep sharing them, They should be put in a box and burnt, not sent viral round the internet giving these awful people involved a sense of inflated ego #brillblogposts

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  • April 16, 2016 at 1:58 am
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    everybody hates these despicable actions. We don’t need to see the photographic proof

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  • April 16, 2016 at 6:22 am
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    There’s a similar argument for not sharing -ist posts as it gives them a wider audience to upset.

    The other thing to bear in mind relates to your point about advertising. Sometimes these images are posted by some politically suspect groups as a means of generating clicks and support. It’s not always obvious and could result in some tricky conversations with work or family.

    Once you like something on Facebook (or even dislike with the new buttons) it creates a ripple effect on the content you (and your Facebook) friends see.

    Thanks for raising this.

    #PoCoLo

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      • April 16, 2016 at 6:59 am
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        I stay away from Facebook (causing it’s own problems…) aside from specialist group boards so I miss a lot of the horrors you describe. The moments feature really wound me up. So very ill judged. That and trying to connect me with people I would happily erase from history (the sort that shares the images your post was about! ).

        I also hate the needy whining of LinkedIn. You sign up once and that’s it, a new creepy stalker site clogging up email and telling you who’s been looking at you. *shudders*

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  • April 16, 2016 at 12:49 pm
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    I totally agree and I never share such images. It is also said that by spreading the images you are feeding the sick imagination of cruel people giving their evil minds new ideas of animal cruelty they can then enact. #pocolo

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  • April 16, 2016 at 6:51 pm
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    This pains me. Seeing animals getting hurt. The things that you cant unsee as you say and when you see them they haunt you. It is actually better here in the UK in handling abuse as you have laws that protect animals. In my country I cant tell you how much it is not nice =( #pocolo

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  • April 17, 2016 at 11:19 pm
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    Completely agree. & would also say that these things are in fact not always posted with the best intentions. Posting this type of stuff is a known technique of far right groups, etc – because they know it will draw people in & people will share, & they get the clicks they need. The ones about missing children/paedophile threats bother me too, as if you read them properly and really think about it, they rarely add up and are almost certainly fake. & then you have to wonder WHY they exist, if they aren’t true. Again, almost certainly it will be because they are emotive & people fall for them, & they are actually gathering shares for something no one should be supporting. But, I am very cynical! 😉 #MMWBH

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  • April 18, 2016 at 5:54 pm
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    You had me at the “can’t unsee” it part. I totally agree. #FabFridayPost

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  • April 20, 2016 at 6:20 pm
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    I had a rant about this a while ago on my facebook, that and videos of child cruelty. Sharing it does not help! Reporting it does. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

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  • April 23, 2016 at 1:05 pm
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    I couldn’t agree more! I never share that stuff for exactly that reason.
    Thanks so much for linking to #PoCoLo

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  • May 19, 2016 at 12:20 pm
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    Part of me sometimes thinks it’s the abusers posting themselves (under an alias) in order to draw attention, not bring awareness. I have seen some of these where they’re asking everyone to share. That’s not shareable media, in my opinion.

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  • August 27, 2016 at 4:03 am
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    I don’t totally agree, as much is that some post by one personn does not help a cause, sharing some facts about cruaulty, abuse, make people aware, not that long ago it was a video of male chicks , in the industry of eggs, I was surprise by the number of people who did not know, also hidden camera going into professionnal place and filming the sad reality…I think sometime, it’s one way to make people aware …sorry for my english 😉

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