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Old 12-09-2009, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Living on 10 acres in Oklahoma
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Does anyone feel that the HSUS emails and website has become increasingly more graphic? I know these terrible things sadly exist but I don't like to see them. I want to be able to sleep at night. I'm thinking of unsubcribing to the HSUS emails. I have emailed the HSUS and stated plainly I did not care for their graphic nature and that they have started to remind me of another group that uses such images to gain money and membership. I just want to make sure I'm not the only one who doesn't care for the shift.
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Yes. In fact, it is a problem among animal-welfare websites around the world. If you go to Brigitte Bardot Foundations website, there are some very disturbing images on the front page of the website.

I recently presented at my university on this subject. Not only did I have difficulty researching the subject due to the graphic nature of the animal welfare sites but I also had difficulty finding pictures and slides that were not too violent or graphic to present (even the tamer ones that I presented were distressing to my audience).

I have always asserted that it is difficult enough to hear about animal abuse without seeing it. I, like many who love and fight for animals, am very sensitive to graphic images of abuse. In fact, I tend to not be able to get info re: current issues b/c of the graphic presentation on such websites, which I will immediately close when I see a graphic image, which prevents me from reading any of the accompanying info.
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:58 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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It's a shame, isn't it? I'm willing to bet PETA got the best of them, and they realized that shock value will get you lots of celebrity endorsement and cash, so they're going with that. I no longer subscribe to mine, not only because of the images, but because I believe they're more about money than animal welfare at this point.
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:39 AM
 
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I worry it will turn more people off than it will anything. When I see the commercials on TV, I change the channel. I don't really want to have it shoved in my face. I don't want my 3 year old daughter ask me "why did that doggie look so sad and skinny?" when we are trying to enjoy our night.
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I hate the TV ads, esp. w/the music of Sarah McLochlan. I change the channel immediately when I hear the first strains f that music! I do support several animal charities that don't shove it in your face, one in particular is D.E.L.T.A. Rescue in Calif. He runs a no-kill, no-adopt shelter for about 1500 dogs and cats that he finds in the wildnerness. He doesn't accept animals from people.

I also support Best friends Animal Sancutary in southern UT b/c they also don't show bad stuff. They do adopt out - they're the ones who got the Victory dogs. Then there's Noah's Rescue, which goes to mass disaster events to help the animals - things like hurricanse, floods, earthquakes, etc.

So, there are choices that don't shove abuse in your face and I'm sure there are plenty that I don't know about. I also support certain local shelters that ar no-kill.
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:37 PM
 
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I hate the TV ads, esp. w/the music of Sarah McLochlan. I change the channel immediately when I hear the first strains f that music! I do support several animal charities that don't shove it in your face, one in particular is D.E.L.T.A. Rescue in Calif. He runs a no-kill, no-adopt shelter for about 1500 dogs and cats that he finds in the wildnerness. He doesn't accept animals from people.

I also support Best friends Animal Sancutary in southern UT b/c they also don't show bad stuff. They do adopt out - they're the ones who got the Victory dogs. Then there's Noah's Rescue, which goes to mass disaster events to help the animals - things like hurricanse, floods, earthquakes, etc.

So, there are choices that don't shove abuse in your face and I'm sure there are plenty that I don't know about. I also support certain local shelters that ar no-kill.
I change the channel too....
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Old 12-09-2009, 02:25 PM
 
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I hate the TV ads, esp. w/the music of Sarah McLochlan. I change the channel immediately when I hear the first strains f that music! So, there are choices that don't shove abuse in your face and I'm sure there are plenty that I don't know about. I also support certain local shelters that ar no-kill.
Which part of her public services announcements are offensive to you, or that you think are being thrown in your face?.

Perhaps you are confusing her with Alanis Morisette and her campaign for HSUS. They show very graphic images. I have not seen one such campaign which included McLachlan or the SPCA.

McLachlan, and her very beautiful melodies were filmed for the SPCA - Canada. The melody is "in the arms of an angel".

No one is "shoving" anything in anyone's face. If you choose not be made aware of even the mildest forms of animal cruelty, you are more than free to change the channel. What you see on the television barely touches on the reality of what is done to animals. And you can bet your bottom dollar the stuff that offends you is incredibly mild.

I, for one, find Sarah's message and beautiful songs to be quite inspiring.
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Old 12-09-2009, 02:31 PM
 
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I...but because I believe they're more about money than animal welfare at this point.
i can give you the names of several no-kill, rescue shelters who actually have lawyers on staff and lobbysists in Washington. Even as mild mannered as they are, they are called extremists...but rescues are never always sweetness and light. It takes someone with a very tough skin to be able to handle this business. Few people really want to know what's going on - it's so much easier to send off a check and ignore the rest of it ...send your money to rescue who can handle the horror of what's done to animals.

FWIW, I surely coldn't handle some of the things the true rescue outfits deal witih. But I refuse to ignore that they are the real heroes.
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Old 12-09-2009, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Living on 10 acres in Oklahoma
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i can give you the names of several no-kill, rescue shelters who actually have lawyers on staff and lobbysists in Washington. Even as mild mannered as they are, they are called extremists...but rescues are never always sweetness and light. It takes someone with a very tough skin to be able to handle this business. Few people really want to know what's going on - it's so much easier to send off a check and ignore the rest of it ...send your money to rescue who can handle the horror of what's done to animals.

FWIW, I surely coldn't handle some of the things the true rescue outfits deal witih. But I refuse to ignore that they are the real heroes.
You couldn't be more right! (Tried rep'ing you...but I apparently rep you to frequently, lol). I like to financially contribute to these national and local animal welfare groups that are movers and shakers. Hands down they help advance animal welfare issues, but I don't want to know ALL the graphic details with pictures to demonstrate.
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Old 12-09-2009, 04:43 PM
 
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
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I think the tv ads are very sad. But I also think it brings to light the neglect and abuse of animals that people don't know about. When Michael Vick was arrested for his dog fighting ring, a lot of people didn't even know such a thing ever occurred. Same goes for puppy mills. I don't mind seeing the before and after, but the bad and ugly are also a part of reality. I can only watch something once that is horrific to me, like the videos of the downed cows. I constantly keep picturing it over and over in my head. I know neglect and abuse exists, but a lot of people don't. I have to say that I do watch some of the videos that are sent to me through the HSUS with tears in my eyes, but just to know what really is going on that we don't see. I also watch the animal cop shows. I commend those officers and anyone else who has to deal with that. I know I couldn't...way too emotional.
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