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The dedicated watchdog: Moxxey reports online animal abuse (Part 3).

by Patch O'Furr

CONTENT WARNING – Part (1) A Killer – (2) A Trend – (3) A Watchdog

The frustration is palpable. Moxxey publishes stories of atrocious behavior to animals, but how can it be stopped when huge websites have channels full of it?

Moxxey runs Rodent Club on Livejournal. Livejournal isn’t active like it was years ago, but citizen reporting can start anywhere, and reaching out from there is a good idea for an activist with a purpose. (I think he should also join the Trusted Flaggers in Part (2). And keep sharing cute pet stories for more notice!)

Moxxey returns comments about Part 1-2:

“This is a good start to helping expose and explain the problem that these social platforms are giving to animal cruelty perpetrators, and what needs to be done to fix this. A bit more needs to be said about small animal cruelty regarding hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, mice, rabbits, baby birds, etc. Too often they’re not protected under cruelty laws or seen as not important because they are small creatures.

The Reptile Channel is just one of these horrific channels creating “live feeding” videos under the guise of education. It’s really cruel entertainment for a profit and a very twisted audience. No matter what you try to do to report it on the AI reporting systems for Youtube, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, etc., nothing ever gets done to remove the videos.

Even with an AI system, there’s no excuse for not having proper options to signify that when there’s animal cruelty — it’s time to get a human moderator involved! Facebook seems to have one of the worst reporting systems, which never give the proper option boxes to check, nor an explanation of what’s going on. They almost always respond, “Sorry we did not find the selected post to go against our community guidelines”. ūüôĀ

What is needed is more news coverage by video, news pages and TV to let the public know what’s secretly going on with animal cruelty online.”

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Most Embarrassing Google Search, and Furries on Seeker Network – NEWSDUMP (9/7/15)

by Patch O'Furr

Headlines, links and little stories to make your tail wag.  Guest posts welcome. Tips: patch.ofurr@gmail.com. 

SFGate looked at¬†a map of the “most embarrassing Google searches” in the USA and found me.

(Appeared in photo #9.) ¬†“Furries” is supposedly searched a lot in Wyoming. The map also shows who¬†searched for: Bronies, Nickelback Lyrics, Dog Clothes, Meth Recipe…¬†Who knows if it’s¬†really real data, but¬†you can tell they had fun. ¬†But not as much as I did in the pic.¬†Sorry guys, not embarassed in the slightest!

Playwright fictionalizes the 2014 MWFF chlorine attack, for a story exploring identity.

The sixth Chicago Fringe Festival, opening tonight, brings zombies, victims, and furries to town.” ¬†Here’s the festival page dedicated to the play. ¬†I confess I only had a minute to look into this and the play’s¬†Indiegogo page.¬†I have a rule¬†– I assume that¬†any “furry” story that uses cheap halloween costumes is probably bad storytelling. Misinformed exploitation pieces often aim for humor at our expense, and they fail because they lack authenticity. Well, in this case, I may be proven wrong. ¬†I think this festival is prestigious, and:¬†‘He‚Äôs worked to keep it balanced‚ÄĒ‚ÄĚnot other-ing the community‚ÄĚ‘ – says Corbeau at Furstarter.¬† (It’s so great to have more than one eye on this stuff – please furries, make more blogs!)

Furry Migration gets a nice feature.

“…Where being weird is a good thing.”¬†¬†The article’s just a standard introduction, but the video lets several fursuiters speak and dance in a charming way.

Furries at Bubonicon in New Mexico.

A nice exploration by a columnist who investigates the con and meets a lot of different sci fi fan characters, including a few extra fuzzy ones.

A film maker was commissioned to make¬†a documentary for Seeker network- and he started at reddit’s r/furry.

In March 2015, Discovery launched a new network,¬†Seeker. Their programming goes for the mysterious and wonderful fringes of nature and culture. ¬†Now that means Furries. ¬†Their piece is called¬†“Furries Aren’t As Weird As You Think.”

Here was the film maker’s overture to the community on reddit. ¬†Seeker posted it, and then the film maker came back to ask what we think. Getting a¬†well-made,¬†paid for documentary seems yet another sign of rising subculture. Don’t mind the one mistake of the title.

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