A Plea for Civility
Pledge aims to promote polite discourse in the sheltering and rescue community
In the Internet age, it’s easier than ever to be nasty. When someone’s got a gripe, they can post it online—anonymously, with little regard to whether it’s fair, accurate, or personally abusive.
It’s a problem across the Web, but it’s had particular ramifications in the animal welfare community, where nonstop attacks can make life miserable and drive people out of the field.
“Shelters are, more than ever, under attack for the decisions they make, or the decisions they don’t make, or their philosophies, and the attacks that are being launched against them are becoming much more sophisticated and much more coordinated,” says Inga Fricke, director of sheltering initiatives for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).