On Facebook and Animal Advocacy
These folks keep up a relentless, endless, gratuitous, constant stream of graphic photos and depictions of violence against animals and pleas for animals that will be killed ANY MINUTE NOW, and it's just about the entire content of their feed.
I'm really not sure that this constant stream of graphic depictions of animal cruelty and PTS reports is effective or helpful. Publicity about dogs in need can indeed be an effective tool to help them, but this endless torrent of violence and death may just be causing people to turn away. Constantly reposting the most graphic content possible is not, in the end, doing something about the problem; when it's overdone it's just more poison, animal snuff porn, and it becomes a factor in desensitizing people to the cruelty you're trying to alert them to.
As someone who works in animal welfare, I need to focus on the good that can be done and the ways in which I can help. I'm not saying to deny that there's cruelty and death in the world - there is, and believe me, I deal with a ton of it professionally, but to constantly focus on that would send me into paralyzing depression. For my own sanity and in order to be able to keep working to make positive change, I need to acknowledge that there are bad things happening and much work to be done - and then set about doing it, not just reposting it on Facebook.
I'm clearing out the Misery Merchants from my feed. If that's all you have to offer as an advocate for animals, that is not enough for me, and viewing so much of it undermines my ability to make the difference I am capable of.