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Please help build a reward fund to find the monster that beat Scarlett the opossum with a golf club

Starting a Reward Fund as an incentive for someone to come forward with information on the person/persons that viciously beat little Scarlett, the young opossum, with a golf club.

I am collecting funds for a reward in hopes that someone will come forward with any information on the person or persons who beat little Scarlet with a golf club on one of the Hilton Head Golf Courses

List of All Hilton Head Island Golf Courses and their websites.  It would be helpful if someone would let us know what golf course Scarlett was beaten it would really help us finish our investigation much sooner

  1. Atlantic Dunes at Sea Pines Resort
  2. Bear Creek Golf Club
  3. Country Club of Hilton Head
  4. Dolphin Head Golf Course
  5. Golden Bear Golf Course at Indigo Run
  6. Long Cove Club
  7. Moss Creek Golf Club – North
  8. Moss Creek Golf Club – South
  9. Oyster Reef Golf Club
  10. Palmetto Dunes Resort – Arthur Hills Course
  11. Palmetto Dunes Resort – Fazio Course
  12. Palmetto Dunes Resort – Robert Trent Jones Course
  13. Palmetto Hall – Arthur Hills Course
  14. Palmetto Hall – Robert Cupp Course
  15. Port Royal Golf Club – Barony Course
  16. Port Royal Golf Club – Planter’s Row
  17. Port Royal Golf Club – Robber’s Row Course
  18. Sea Pines Country Club
  19. Sea Pines Resort – Harbour Town Golf Links
  20. Sea Pines Resort – Heron Point
  21. Shipyard Golf Club – Brigantine/Clipper
  22. Shipyard Golf Club – Clipper/Galleon
  23. Shipyard Golf Club – Galleon/Brigantine
  24. Spanish Wells Club
  25. The Golf Club at Indigo Ru
  26. Wexford Golf Club
  27. Secession Golf Club
  28. Lady’s Island Country Club
  29. Hilton Head National Golf Club
  30. Colleton River Club – Nicklaus
  31. Colleton River Club – Par 3
  32. Colleton River Club – Dye
  33. Crescent Pointe Golf Club
  34. May River Golf Club
  35. Belfair Golf Club – East
  36. Belfair Golf Club – Wes
  37. Rose Hill Golf Clu
  38. Hampton Hall Club
  39. Island West Golf Club
  40. Okatie Creek Golf Club
  41. The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes
  42. Haig Point Club – The Calibogue & The Haig
  43. Melrose Club Golf CourseHaig Point Club – Nine Hole
  44. Ocean Creek at Fripp Island Resort
  45. Ocean Point at Fripp Island Resort
  46. Callawassie Island Club – Dogwood/PalmeEagle’s Pointe Golf Club
  47. Callawassie Island Club-Palmetto/Magnoli
  48. Callawassie Island Club – Magnolia/Dogwood
  49. Chechessee Creek Club
  50. Oldfield Golf Club
  51. Parris Island Golf Course
  52. Dataw Island – Cotton Dike
  53. Dataw Island – Morgan River
  54. Old Tabby Links

Reporting Animal Abuse

reblogged from  http://www.vetrescue.blogspot.com


Today, I was alerted to a website on the Internet that had a photo of a dog fight, videos of dogs training, dogs fighting with dogs, and a dogfighting with a cat.  I was unsure about what to do with the information that I had discovered.  Fortunately and coincidentally, this morning, I had made a new Facebook acquaintance who guided me through the process the way it should be done.

My first instinct was to rant and rave at the website or page owner for participating in such awful and illegal deeds and sharing it with my friends to do the same.  This is the opposite of what should be done, and fortunately, I did not follow this instinct.  The link I discovered happened to be a Facebook page.  I could have befriended this creep with the intention of posting my outrage for his actions on his “wall” and calling him every dirty word in the book.  This would not have been very effective.  He may have fed off of all the attention I was giving him, or he could simply delete my remarks.  This would not be proactive.

I could have reported him to Facebook.  Facebook has a report button on the bottom of each page and photo.  Reporting him to Facebook may result in the removal of the offending photos or videos or remarks.  It may lead to the cancellation of the account belonging to the person who posted the offending information by the Facebook team.  Surprisingly, this action is also an extremely ineffective method of punishment for the offender. Removal of the information from Facebook, by Facebook personnel or any other website involved, may lead to permanent removal of the evidence which is required for prosecution for such internet crimes.  He would continue to do what he does and possibly open another website.
The proper method of reporting Internet animal cruelty, abuse, and crimes will work for offensive Facebook pages as well as any other website on the Internet. 

The main things you must NOT do:

1. DO NOT CONTACT THE WEBSITE OWNER.  While it may be mildly therapeutic to tell them what you think of them and their actions, you will be alerting them to their discovery and they may remove the offensive information.

2. DO NOT FLAG THE WEBSITE FOR REMOVAL FROM A PUBLIC SITE such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, or others, as that may permanently delete evidence needed to build a case against the offender.

3. DO NOT SHARE the information with others, because they may act in either of the above ways which will defeat your purpose.  Sharing the website may also increase traffic to the website in question which may support the offender or excite the offender.

4. DO NOT CREATE AN ONLINE PETITION for the same reasons as listed above.

Now you must collect your evidence

Collect as much information as possible.  If you are lacking some of the information listed below, you should still share the information that you do have, and a link to the website with the appropriate reporting agency.

1. Download as much of the information from the website, IE photos, videos, etc. as you can and save them. 

2. Print out copies of the offending pages. 

3. Be sure to have as much personal information on the person running the website as possible including, but not limited to, the name, contact information, and location. 

4. Try to determine if the offender is within the United States or elsewhere. 
5. Try to determine the offender’s ISP address.  You can do this at http://www.dnsstuff.com/ .  Instructions for using dnsstuff are here http://www.peta.org/action/get-active-online/cruelty-on-the-internet.aspx .  I was unable to obtain this information for my report, so this is not a mandatory step. 

Animal Cruelty Within the US

You would follow these instructions to report a US-based crime, even if you are not a resident of the US or are not located within the US at the time of the discovery.

To report an animal cruelty or abuse crime that takes place within the United States, report the incident to the FBI.  You must include as much information as you can including links to the offending material, names, locations, etc.  The submission page for crime tips for the FBI is https://tips.fbi.gov/ . 

You should also report a US-based animal cruelty website to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, also known as IC3. To file a complaint, go to this page http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx .  There is no category for animal abuse, so choose a category and explain the situation in the notes. As much information as possible should be included in the report including links to the offending website.

Animal Cruelty Outside of the US

If the crime is not within the US, it should be reported to INTERPOL. You must include as much information as you can including links to the offending material, names, locations, etc.  The submission page for crime tips for INTERPOL is http://www.interpol.int/public/contact.asp .

For animal cruelty within the UK, The RSPCA ( Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals    ) has a 24 hour hotline available for such incidents.  From within the UK, you can call the cruelty line at 0300 1234 999 .

Some International Humane Organizations accept Internet Animal Cruelty Reports such as:

HSUS Email sramsey@hsus.org

PETA Email info@peta.org

Here are some websites with additional information regarding the reporting of online animal abuse and cruelty:

http://www.americanhumane.org/about-us/newsroom/fact-sheets/internet-animal-abuse.html

http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/online-cruelty.html

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/abuse_neglect/tips/internet_animal_cruelty.html

and

http://www.peta.org/action/get-active-online/cruelty-on-the-internet.aspx

The following is interesting information from the American Humane Website that defines what animal-related actions are considered to be illegal over the Internet:

“Because communications through the Internet have the ability to cross state lines, the Internet is largely governed by federal law. Improving the federal laws as they pertain to Internet animal abuse is critical. Currently, only a few federal laws address the issue directly:

The Crush Act (P.L.106-152) penalizes the display of acts of cruelty and sexual abuse of animals that is intended for interstate commerce. If convicted, offenders may receive up to five years in prison or a large fine. Two criteria must be met before this statute applies: 1) actual abuse must occur and 2) the website in question must intend to sell the images across state lines. In other words, a website may legally display images of animal cruelty and sexual abuse under this law as long as it is not charging visitors for access or otherwise selling the images. In 2005, the first conviction under this statute occurred in a federal district court in Virginia. (It has come to my attention that this Act has been nullified by our supreme court.  Please read more at http://vetrescue.blogspot.com/2010/10/crush-videos-silent-but-deadly.html .)

The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act (P.L. 110-27) strengthens the ability of law enforcement to combat animal fighting by providing felony penalties for interstate commerce, import and export related to animal fighting activities, including commerce in cockfighting weapons. Each violation of this federal law is punishable by up to three years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine for perpetrators.

Internet Hunting: The Computer-Assisted Remote Hunting Act (H.R. 2711/S. 2422) is a pending federal bill introduced by Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). It seeks to prohibit knowingly making available a “computer-assisted remote hunt” (using a computer or other device, equipment or software to control the aiming and discharge of a weapon to hunt).”

If you are aware of information that I should include in this blog, or if I have posted incorrect information, feel free to discuss it with me so I can correct it.  I want this information to be as complete, accurate, and effective as possible. 

While I cannot guarantee that any of these organizations will act or respond in the way we hope or expect them to, we must do our part to get the wheel in motion.  Do not let your silence let an animal abuser go unpunished. 

The link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence has been recognized by human medical professionals.  We must stop the perpetuation and escalation of such horrific actions at the most basic level.  I hope this information helps guide someone in their fight, in the way I was guided today.  Thank you CH, you know who you are!

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