Amended & updated 17th Oct 2013
To follow this blog you will need to read Part 1 & Part 2
You will have read at the end of Part 2 that, ‘Notodogmeat’ had given up pretending that their FB Page was hacked. In a shocking statement their CEO was blamed for threatening and defamatory posts made on their official Facebook Page. They reported that the CEO was intoxicated when she made the posts. These posts are reproduced in Part 2 and are predominantly directed at Mr Peter Egan, a much admired actor, public figure and well-known animal rights activist. After that statement we waited for the other shoe to drop. We didn’t have long to wait.
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Having made that quite incoherent threat to Ms de Cadenet, the admin now in control of the Facebook Page decided to invent an official investigative body called EAD. The post they made on their FB page is very long so we include these screen grabs to give you a flavour of how bizarre this post was.
This was disconcerting; had the inmates taken over the asylum? However, we did not at that time know who the inmates were. We did notice that there was certainly an attempt to sanitize Ms Brown, a co-founder and trustee of notodogmeat.
If you wish to read the entire, practically incomprehensible post, you can view it here, you will need to click the image once it has loaded to enlarge it and read the text:
After this manic attempt to blacken the name of Ms de Cadenet, and/or suggest that she really did not exist at all (see section 9, it was incredibly confusing) the official Facebook Page of NTDM was suddenly deactivated.
Just when we were beginning to hope that their illiterate rhetoric had caused them to spontaneously implode, we received news that ‘NTDM’ had returned to Facebook. It was puzzling to see that the Page we were now viewing had been stripped of its 6000+ ‘likes’ and had very little content. It became apparent that this was not a resurrection but a brand new Page The inmates appeared to have lost control of the old asylum (Page currently deactivated) and Ms de Cadenet was now reclaiming the NTDM identity.
The new NTDM page opened a forum of comments. Needless to say the comments were often less than polite. Ms de Cadenet (if it was her) fielded the questions and comments until October 2nd when it was reported that “All questions and comments have now gone before our moderator and legal advisor Ms J de Cadenet, who has full authority to speak on behalf of NoToDogMeat and our charity.”
So who are the people in control of the new NTDM official Facebook Page? And who are the people who took control of the original NTDM official Facebook Page? Who is the person that Ms de Cadenet refers to when stating the new Page “replaces the pages stolen by a known criminal on 23rd September”?
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So there we have the current state of play. Sadly still more questions rather than answers.
On the basis that absolutely everything surrounding NTDM appears to be suspect, we cannot discount that this could be a double bluff campaign. The scenario, currently presented, is that the new NTDM official FB page is de Cadenet, Merrill & Hughes, and that the old FB page was commandeered by Brown & ‘Craash Beck’ with the help of a previously unidentified interloper. It appears that there is now fierce competition for domination of NTDM. Such intensity for control of the NTDM branding saw a small FB page reported for using the words ‘NoToDogMeat’ in its banner image. The little known FB page this happened to was purely set up to counteract NTDM re-entering the Australian FB arena. The images attached refer to the claimed ‘intellectual property rights’. Make of that what you will.
IF the current revelations are to be believed, there are now two clearly defined opposing sides competing for control of NTDM, with the ‘interloper’ accused of being directly involved in sabotaging the original official FB NTDM Page. Was the ‘interloper’ the person deployed to ‘hack’ as per Brown’s recent blog (second screen shot on that page)? Is this a falling out of conspirators or is someone manipulating NTDM in the shadows, hidden behind Brown & ‘Craash Beck’ of the Facebook Page ‘Don’t Let Them Eat Me’ ?
NTDM designate ‘NoToDogMeat’ as the ‘acronym’ for The World Protection of Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade in their application for NGO consultative status. We do not know at this point if their application will prove successful?
Ms de Cadenet and Mr Merrill, as appointed officers of this company, are surely responsible for the legal and charitable status reports previously supplied to their supporters and donors. Ms Brown was appointed as a director of this company on the 10 Aug 2013 and only served just over a month as an officer until 20 Sep 2013. One thing is certain, Ms de Cadenet & Mr Merrill are the two people accountable for the management of the charitable funds raised.
We have absolutely no idea what the above screen shot of donations refers to, certainly not to any money passing through the coffers of The World Protection For Dogs And Cats In The Meat Trade (WPDCMT). Why NTDM used donation details from the Animal Aid ‘Umbrella’ organisation Wetnose beggars belief. We hear that WPDCMT are awaiting confirmation of their recent application for UK Charities Commission registration so that they can apply for Gift Aid. With their own funds seemingly in chaos it is very concerning that WPDCMT, ‘Umbrella’ for NTDM, may then invite smaller animal charities to allow them to collect and allocate donations on their behalf. The attraction for charities too small to be able to register as a charity and thus claim Gift Aid status is that the umbrella charity can claim Gift Aid on their behalf for a fee of usually 4%. The trustees of an umbrella charity have ultimate control of the funds received to decide whether donations received should go to specified charities. If they decide that the charity specified as the beneficiary by the donor is a credible charity they will claim Gift Aid on the donation and pass the donation plus the Gift Aid to the donor’s chosen charity (less an agreed administration fee). Worth noting that the umbrella organisation will also receive interest on the holding funds. This scheme is a ‘win win’ concept to maximize the impact of received donations since both the umbrella organisation and the small charities are collecting money for helping animals. Where it can go horribly wrong is if the umbrella organisation is untrustworthy or incompetent. It is important to state that Wetnose is a much respected and highly endorsed UK organisation raising awareness as well as money for voiceless friends. We sincerely hope, in light of recent chaotic events surrounding WPDCMT, that they will be prevented from extending their ‘umbrella’ to offer shelter to any but their very own NTDM.
We are only able to report information as it is made available to us in the public domain. In the spirit of being even-handed we also refer you to Michele Brown’s recent statement on her website: http://chiffonriver.com/?p=1676
WPDCMT ( working name seen in the screenshot) was formally registered as a charity with the UK Charities Commission on 8th November 2013. The articles of the limited liability UK company were amended on 5th November 2013 in order to obtain charitable status for tax purposes.
Finally we report that at this time Mr. Peter Egan has not received a public apology for the scurrilous comments directed at him on both Facebook and Twitter under the name of NoToDogMeat.
We ask that you join us to monitor those who may be exploiting unwary animal lovers.