The site https://whoisnotodogmeat.com/ chronicled events from 2013 to early 2015 regarding the UK registered charity #1154524 World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade (WPDCMT), also known as No To Dog Meat (NTDM). Interesting to note that the only original management team left from those infamous days of ‘dirty tricks’ are two of the original trustees, Ms Julia de Cadenet and Mr David Merrill. ‘Others’ that were blamed by the charity for bringing it into disrepute have left. Therefore, the only reasonable conclusion that the public can draw is that the appalling behaviour of the charity, since inception in May 2013 until now, can only be firmly laid at the door of Ms de Cadenet and Mr Merrill.
Oh dear, it seems nothing has changed in the smoke and mirrors policy of this UK animal charity since 2013. The charity first appeared on FB in May 2013.Their inauguration was in fact 18th May 2013. They pretended to be registered as a charity in USA and Europe. If you would like to read about the unsavory history of this organisation check out pages on http://whoisnotodogmeat.com
If you are one of thousands of people aware of the “Dog and Cat Meat Trade” in Asia and beyond, it is likely you have come across the story of Mrs Yang. If not you can read about her in this article published by the Daily Mail on June 18th 2015. Please note that the article contains graphic photographs and video and may be upsetting to some people.
On June 13th 2015 a fundraiser was started to help Mrs Yang, by the No To Dog Meat organisation. Using the Total Giving online fundraising platform, the goal was set for £5,000.00 which was achieved easily by the 14th when an anonymous donor actually gave £5,000.00. The fundraiser steadily increased to the point where tens of thousands of pounds had been raised, and in fact the fundraiser is still open, at the time of writing, for donations.
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As the author of this blog remarks, “..So when you’re looking to get involved with a legitimate animal welfare organization, make sure to do your homework about them and research them thoroughly. There are a lot of people out there who aren’t what they seem.” Ex-trustee and ex-director of a UK animal charity exposes how she was duped by Mme CEO, who also (according to this account of events) set about to deliberately dupe others. Some background to the, now registered, animal charity can be found on http://animalbuddy.org/2013/09/12/all-singing-all-dancing-animal-charity-scam-chapter-1/
Recently, thanks to alerts fom vigilant observers, caught out some fundraising scammers using an old image from the net. Mind you $800 raised before they cut and ran.
In a previous blog http://bronwizview.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/animal-welfare-hoaxing-the-role-of-social-media-and-the-impacts-on-those-involved/ I described a recent animal welfare scam. Hoaxes such as this one are worryingly common.
The following ten tips mean that some time and a little detective work is required but in the long run it may prevent even more of your time being wasted, as well as energy, emotions and even money, on what are false claims, scams and hoaxes.
I would suggest that we all have a responsibility that, before sharing posts and information on social media sites, we check what we are distributing is accurate, true and authentic. If we do not take control of what we share we, at the very least, cause annoyance and concern to our friends and acquaintances. At the worst the welfare agencies, who are already overwhelmed with cases and reports, can spend significant time and energy responding to high levels of calls and reports which takes…
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The issues surrounding unregulated fund-raising on social media are complicated and not simple to address. We appreciate that in certain situations, such as wildly fluctuating income, registering as a charity may not be feasible. In the UK, for example, to register with the UK Charities Commission a platform of £5000 p.a. in received donations needs to be attained.. However, it does need to be accepted by unregistered charities and individuals fund-raising, due to many scams feeding off the backs of animal lovers, that suspicions are easily aroused and the onus falls on them to be completely transparent in their dealings with the public. Many social media fund-raiser donations are paid via PayPal where there is no evidence of the amounts raised and absolutely no accountability if running totals are not published by the people asking for money. Surely the first duty to donors is to publish these figures frequently on fund-raising FB pages with evidence of expenditure? When people asking for donations choose to ignore good and courteous practice it is impossible to discern if it is because of gross arrogance, laziness or downright attempts to con.
During the Christmas period I have had more time to scan various forms of social media for some of the things that interest me, including animal welfare. Over the past week, I have watched as a completely bizarre situation has played out which has demonstrated, not only the power of social media, but the risks of this power, especially when it is combined with emotive subjects such as animals being at risk of harm and ill treatment.
Being interestedi in animals and their impact on human mental health, including animal hoarding and rescuing I am concerned that a new abuse of both animals and people concerned for their welfare is developing through the form of social media.
One social media animal welfare hoax
Before Christmas a new page suddenly appeared on Facebook for a group purporting to be involved in reuniting lost equines and their owners. The focus quickly changed…
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