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Old December 15th, 2004, 07:16 AM
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Slandering bad mouthing Rescues/Shelters or other members - New policy

In an effort to further protect the integrity of this board we will no longer permit the bad mouthing or slander of any shelter/rescue in an open forum. There is no real accountability for anonymous posters on the Internet, and yet the results to the individual rescues/shelters (without trial and jury) and to RESCUING IN GENERAL are disaterous. Private messaging will be the only way to go on this issue.

If you would like to know about a particular rescue or shelter or if you want to inform someone that posted a question, send a PM (private message) to that person.

If you want to warn people involved in rescue on our site about another person or organization then you may only do so by private messaging or by emailing those people directly, never in any open forum.

Yes there are bad rescues and bad shelters, yes they are in the minority, and YES they grab all the headlines. Bad mouthing 1 rescue damages ALL rescues. We want to encourage new pet owners to adopt from rescues/shelters NOT turn them off.

To anyone reading this please respect the new policy - No slander/badmouthing for any reason period.

Threads that break the rules will be closed and/or deleted without warning.

Any new cases that come up should be reported to myself
or one of the mods (Luckyrescue, Trinitie, dragonfly)

Thank you for your understanding,

Old December 15th, 2004, 09:08 AM
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slandering and badmouthing

We all need to remember that there are more than 1 side to a story.Yes thee are bad rescues/shelter and good honest ones. If somebody has a problem they should contact that resuce/shelter and express their concerns,but not in an aggressive/probing manner.Loose lips and premature actions can cause grief to many people and animals and possible legal action. Nobody wants to sued,the lawyer bills ,time loss, worry alone would be tough to handle.
Thank you Marko, you said what had to be said to protect pets.ca
Old December 15th, 2004, 09:26 AM
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I agree with you Marko especially when you have no real proof you damage the rescue and the individual as well, and sometimes it can happen over a simple fixable mistake or misunderstanding. I think we need to keep this private until it is proven that a rescue or rescuer is not someone we would want anyone to deal with, but needs to be proven as in court beyond a reasonable doubt. But if someone or a rescue is scum I think we need to post so people know about these types.
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Old December 15th, 2004, 12:26 PM
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Agreed Marko. If someone has a question about the reputablility of a rescue (and let's face it, there are people out there calling themselves rescue, who really aren't), then a public question with pm responses only are one route, or pm directly to one of us in rescue, to check out credentials.

Also, maybe we need anoher icon for messages. A bucket of cold water, to cool some of the more heated "discussions"

At least, you cannot say that we are not passionate about rescue, just sometimes that passion gets loose.....
Old December 15th, 2004, 12:34 PM
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Glad to see that happen. "He said/she said" helps nobody.
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Old December 15th, 2004, 01:59 PM
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agree with LR

I agree with LR. These kind of sudo hinting posts only hurt the animals looking for the homes they so desperately need. Legitimate proof with paperwork back up is much harder to ignore. A poster with a real name means you stand by what you are saying to the bitter end. Try to remember that these kinds of posts help no one but harm many. All of us appreciate the work and dedication to make this board a place of knowledge and facts. Well done to those that work so hard to keep it this way.
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Old April 26th, 2005, 02:58 PM
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Please Re-read This Thread

Thread unlocked and updated on April 26, 2005.

With the new influx of threads related to puppy mills, this thread is a "must read" for all those who wish to post "mill" related threads.

Thread re-closed.
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