Comments that get held for moderation:
- Comments with more than a couple links contained within
- First time commenters
- Previous commenters who use a new e-mail address, display name or URL
- Previous commenters who misspell an e-mail address, display name or URL
- Previous commenters whom I suspect of asshattery
Trolls, spammers and anyone who thinks hurting dogs and cats is acceptable in any way will be shot, knifed, poisoned and keeled. Everyone else is free to post opinions and thoughts, they don’t need to agree with mine or those of other commenters. Before you consider creating a fake profile to harass someone here, think again.
Please note I am only fluent in English so if your comment is in another language, I don’t know what you are saying and therefore can’t approve it.
If your comment contains hate speech and/or otherwise has me worried that you are off your meds and a threat to society, I’ll probably delete it.
Please refrain from threatening violence against people because, while I know it’s probably just smack, it creates negative karma that has to land somewhere eventually. Plus somebody might take it seriously which would be uncool.
I don’t put up with anyone making me feel bullied. This is my blog and you are a guest, please behave accordingly. Civility is the word of the day. Although snark is the word of the millennium. Balance at will.
YesBiscuit! is an opinion based form of citizen journalism. I try to cite sources for the facts included in my posts, usually a link to another media source or a person who has sent me information. If there is something presented as fact which you believe is incorrect, I am happy to correct the record. Just contact me citing the information you believe is factually incorrect along with a source for the correct information.
Please keep in mind:
- There is a difference between asking questions and stating facts. The nature of this blog lends itself to a lot of question asking as the pet killing facilities I cover often attempt to hide their activities. If I don’t know the facts regarding a case, I will sometimes ask questions on the blog in an effort to find out information. If a question I’ve asked on the blog gets answered, I may update the post, create a new post (while leaving the old one intact and online) or simply leave the information in the comments for everyone to see. I do not delete or alter posts in order to hide anything. I edit to correct spelling, grammar, word choice and the like but any significant changes which affect the content of the post are included with the words “Added”, “Update” or similar notations.
- There is a difference between sharing opinions and stating facts. In this blog, I share my take on events occurring in the shelter system. These are my opinions and should not be construed as being representative of anyone else’s views. Nor should they be confused as facts. Differences of opinion or requests to clarify an opinion are welcome in the comments but do not e-mail me to request a “correction” of an opinion. There is no such thing.
- It sometimes happens that media sources report facts differently. As long as the cited source has not issued a correction or retraction, there may not be cause for me to issue a correction. If such an instance occurs, I will use my best judgement in determining the appropriate action. If the cited source does issue a correction or retraction, I will make note of it in the post as soon as I am made aware and able to post.
- Like many animal advocates, I do my advocacy work for free while working a regular job to pay the bills. I am not available to read and respond to e-mails 24 hours a day. Please allow me time to properly investigate your submission.
If you have information to share – positive or negative – regarding your local shelter or one that you’ve visited, please feel welcome to contact me. I will keep your name confidential if you prefer. Please understand that I can not in good conscience post unverified e-mail forwards from unnamed sources.
Important note: I do not make cold calls in seeking out a story. If you want to help the pets at a shelter you have first hand information about, I want to help you. But please do not send me people’s phone numbers or e-mails and tell me to contact them for eyewitness accounts. I don’t do that. Witnesses are welcome to e-mail me with their information.
- Be specific and be succinct – It’s essential to provide details but not all details are essential. Stick to your main point.
- Links to online articles
- Videos documenting shelter or animal conditions
- Photos – send largest size you have, I can reduce if needed
- Copies of any shelter records or other documents pertaining to your story
- Your name and contact information (I will keep this info confidential if you prefer)
E-mail is the best way to reach me. Please understand that I can not cover every shelter story sent to me. That’s not to say they lack merit necessarily, it’s merely representative of the fact that I have limited time in which to research and post.
- Shirley Thistlethwaite