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New "Furry Rights" petition circulating

If you have been in the Furry fandom for any legnth of time, you have most likely found someone who will ridicule you for being a member. Likewise, you may have found an individual who crusades against “fursecution” (persecution of Furries).

Recently, we were sent a link to the latest of a string of petitions aimed at stopping “fursecution” and giving Furries rights.

I hate to break it to some of you, but the Furry fandom is a subculture, much like “goth” is a subculture as well as “trekkies”. For a few within the fandom, “Furry” goes even deeper and becomes a fetish.  It goes the same for other subcultures; for example, I know several people who have turned their fascination with vampires and vampirism into a fetish.

It comes down to this.  We are part of a “fandom”.  Fandom can be defined or explained as the state of being a fan or all that encompasses fan culture and fan behavior in general, or the study of fans and fan behavior.  We are fans of animals, real or imaginary, given human characteristics.  We have the same rights as any other fan group.

People calling to give Furries rights, for some reason, see us as being denied freedoms.  In fact, that is not the case.  In the United States, at least, there are no laws restricting any “furry” related activity – unless you consider laws in some states that restrict masks in public places.  Those laws are not targeted at furries or fursuiters but at anyone wearing something covering their face in a public space.  The laws are designed to cut down on criminal activitys such as robbery.

The target of this particular petition is the “Anti Furry Coalition“.  AFC is one of dozens of websites across the internet that actively troll furry websites and message boards, and in rare cases, may even have members show up at furry conventions or gatherings.

I have to admit, at several large science fiction conventions in the past couple of years, I have seen a couple of AFC fliers and one door hanger, but no one was taking any of this seriously.

By posting plea after plea to sign a petition, or by flying off the handle whenever someone trolls your FA journal or a message you’ve posted on a board, you are giving them exactly what they want.  You are “feeding the tolls” and acting like a “butthurt furry”.   Further, there is growing agreement that internet petitions don’t work for any cause.

FNN recently dealt with a troll.  The person was posting derogatory comments in all of the posts we had about SportyPup.  For us, it was easy to deal with.  We deleted the comments and then banned the individual, without letting anyone get into an argument or discussion over this users comments.

The fact of the matter is, there will always be someone who dislikes you for some reason or another.  The best thing we can do is ignore these people.  If  we, as individuals, and as a fandom, stop reacting to groups like AFC, Anonymous, and Encyclopedia Dramatica users, in most cases, they will go find another group to troll.

The best advice I have is delete the petition.  Be the bigger person and just walk away from these people.  They are not worth your time or energy.

If, after reading this, you are still compelled to sign a petition, you can find the one I have referenced here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/fb/1/rights-to-furries/

Edit: We were sent a link to another recent petition here: http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/stophatingfurries

 

 

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10 responses

  1. Reemin

    Amen, brother.

    February 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm

  2. Pegasus316

    Could not agree with this more.

    The fandom is a means of escapism, but that’s about it. It actually scares me to think that there are people out there that believe it to be anything OTHER than that. It doesn’t scare me for my sake, and not in a derogatory sense. It scares me for their sake. No one should take talking animals (or anything ELSE for that matter) seriously.

    February 28, 2011 at 9:32 pm

  3. No need for a petition of any sort. We are a group of people following and liking a particular thing. not a country. We don’t have a bill of Rights or anything, we don’t have bylaws people are forced to follow. A petition for furry ‘rights’ would be the same as a petition for the rights of people who like jazz.

    To sum it up: as much as I enjoy being a furry, we don’t have, nor do we deserve, special rights.

    February 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm

  4. Xoa Gray

    If the person that made this petition up wasn’t serious, it’d actually almost be funny.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:46 pm

  5. You have got to be freaking kidding me.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm

  6. fox

    This article had me worried for a minute, but I’m glad to see that this site backs being levelheaded when it comes to trolls. Too many times I see journals on FA about how upset they are someone had ‘trolled’ them. I am surprised that people have taken trolling as serious to make a petition for extended furry rights.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:06 am

  7. This article had me worried for a minute, but I’m glad to see that this site backs being levelheaded when it comes to trolls. Too many times I see journals on FA about how upset they are someone had ‘trolled’ them. I am surprised that people have taken trolling as serious to make a petition for extended furry rights.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:09 am

  8. This article had me worried for a minute, but I’m glad to see that this site backs being levelheaded when it comes to trolls. Too many times I see journals on FA about how upset they are someone had ‘trolled’ them. I am surprised that people have taken trolling as serious to make a petition for extended furry rights.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:10 am

  9. YavolFoxxen

    Don’t feed the trolls. That’s all you really need.

    March 2, 2011 at 8:41 am

  10. TheIronweasle

    Ok, I think there is a distinction to be made here. There is a huge difference between Trolls and Ati-Furries. I really don’t care about Trolls, they just annoy me. But Anti-Furries are scary, they have said and done some really twisted stuff. I don’t think we should campagin for any “Rights” but I do think we should raise awareness about who we are, due to the fact a hate group exsists, and how poorly the media covers us.

    March 17, 2011 at 11:40 am

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