Urge Facebook to Protect Human and Animal Rights Activism and Reject Those Who Glorify Violence
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org
Free From Harm
While Facebook will take down pages and block users who expose violence
to humans and animals in animal-using industries, they will defend pages and
users who glorify and celebrate violence to animals that they deem “socially
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Facebook’s current policy on depictions of graphic violence is
schizophrenic. Why? While Facebook will take down pages and block users who
expose violence to humans and animals in animal-using industries, they will
defend pages and users who glorify and celebrate violence to animals that
they deem “socially acceptable.”
That’s why I’ve written an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook,
asking him to update their policy. If you believe this policy is misguided
also and needs to be updated, I ask you to sign on to this letter. You can
also contact Mr. Zuckerberg directly with your thoughts on his Facebook
page. It takes 30 seconds to help animals in a big way by influencing the
largest social media site’s policy on animals!
Robert Grillo's letter:
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,
My name is Robert Grillo and I am the Executive Director of Free from Harm,
a non profit organization that advocates on behalf of farm animals.
I’m writing to urge you to reconsider your position on the type of graphic
violence you consider permissible on your site in two key ways.
First, I ask you to protect those users and pages that expose violence and
abuse to animals by individuals and industries with the clear intent to
educate and advocate on behalf of animals and promote an end to animal
Second, I ask you to take a hard look at the pages that Facebook currently
deems as “socially acceptable” forms of violence to and denigration of
animals. Any user or page that glorifies, celebrates and/or sexualizes
violence and killing of animals should be grounds for removal (just as it
would be if humans were the victims). One such case in point that I reported
to you recently is the page entitled, The Texas Huntress at
Simply put, a number of highly-respected studies provide empirical evidence
that violence breeds violence. The perpetrators of violence seek the most
vulnerable, both human and non human animal alike.
This strong link can no longer be justifiably ignored. Thus, I ask Facebook
to review the sources I’ve compiled below and take common-sense steps to
remove pages and users that promote violence to animals and to protect pages
and users that advocate for an end to such violence.
Examining the links between animal abuse and human violence by Clifton P.
Flynn, Department Chair of Sociology at The University of South Carolina
the article here
. See his new book,
Understanding Animal Abuse
Frank R. Ascione PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a key
figure in the field of animal-human welfare who has published an exhaustive
collection of work. See
Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight
by Professor Timothy Pachirat Ph.D. of Yale University ( (provides a startling
and detailed look at institutionalized violence and the coping mechanisms we
use to deal with violence in everyday life).
Numerous important studies and reports conducted by The Animals and Society
Institute, a nonprofit, independent
research and educational organization that advances the status of animals in
The Humane Research Council
Contributor Carol Glasser’s “primer” entitled
Violence Against Human and Nonhuman Animals: Understanding and Evaluating
The Link Between Animal Cruelty and Violence Towards People by Cynthia
MA, J.D. Candidate, South Texas College of Law, and legal intern in
the Environmental Crimes Division at the Harris County District Attorney’s
office in Houston, Texas (December 2007).
These and others studies reinforce Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s eloquent
prophecy: “Where there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.”
I urge you to take a rational and common sense look at the evidence and act
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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