On August 8th, 2010, a group called, Dile Si Al Maltrato, was allowed to remain up and running on Facebook for over 24 hours. On this group, graphic pictures were shown of animals being fought, tortured and killed.
First their profile picture showed them hanging a puppy and then later they showed pictures of them stabbing and crushing the same puppy. Then there were dog fighting pictures that and other pictures of dogs dismembered with smiling people laughing and drinking and encouraging the violence.
For several hours, hundreds and thousands of reports where being sent to Facebook demanding this site be removed. This group was on long enough to show several graphic pictures hours apart. This group even was on long enough to celebrate their 200th fan by killing a German Shepard Dog. There were pictures of the dog alive with an announcement that he was their next victim and then SEVERAL minutes later the dog was shown dead.
Even after that they were allowed to continue and posted pictures of their next victim, whom they announced they were going to torture for a minimum of 30 minutes. The victim was a small obviously frightened brown dog, looking pathetically at the person taking the picture, while another boy was laughing holding the dogs head in his hands. You could obviously see in the picture that they had already started to torture this animal as it had an open wound on its thigh and something that looked like a stick stuck in the wound. SEVERAL minutes later there was a picture shown of a dog obviously in distress with a human penis in it's mouth and some text underneath talking about how they quiet dogs. THANKFULLY after that is was shut down, BUT.....
It took OVER 20 HOURS before Facebook took down the site.
THOUSANDS of Facebook members, sources of revenue for Facebook Advertisers are appalled and offended by what was allowed to happen today. FB should be held accountable for what we saw and address why they allowed it to happen. NO EXCUSES!
There have even been reports that this group has been pulled from Facebook before. If this is true and Facebook did not assist the legal authorities in the country where this site is coming from, then that is not acceptable and Facebook needs to correct this loophole. How can we ensure something like this isn't allowed to happen to children or minorities in the future.
Please sign this petition. Facebook owes their social network community a public apology, an explanation on how they will stop this from happening in the future AND a LARGE DONATION to rescue/abuse groups worldwide.
Facebook also needs to explain how they will implement safeguards to immediately shut down such obviously outright graphic violence AND have a process to immediately notify the legal authorities in the area of the crime, so that arrests are made and criminals are brought to justice. FACEBOOK TAKE A STAND!
Facebook seeks out advertising just like any other media. We need Facebook know that we will and can boycott their advertising revenue if they do not address this petition. There are ten's of thousands of animal advocates on Facebook and together we can have a voice and affect a change......PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION!
Rescues and private individuals nationwide.
Photo Credit: FACEBOOK!
8/10/2010 UPDATE: IT HAS NOW BEEN REPORTED THAT THIS GROUP SHOWED UP AGAIN THE EARLY HOURS OF 8/10 AND REMAINED ON FOR A PERIOD OF TIME THAT INCLUDED THE BURNING OF ANOTHER VICTIM!!!
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