The internet is a powerful tool. It allows people with like minds and like interests to easily connect with each other, and share information.
It allows us to learn from each other's experiences and pass along knowledge.
The downside of the internet is that it is a safe haven for hate groups. People, no matter how fringe their opinion is can find other people on the internet that share their same belief and hatred. And, they are able to express that hate anonymously on the internet.
Here's the thing: They don't matter.
Oh sure, we should always keep our ears open to constructive criticism and feedback. We should always be willing to learn from the lessons learned by others. We should not close off new information.
But that's not what some people are about. Some people are just about the hate -- whether it be of 'pit bulls', no kill, or individuals. What they do is hate. It doesn't matter if they post anonymous blogs under various names. It doesn't matter if they shout outrageous unsubstantiated criticisms.
Almost everyone else is. And they're not worth your time. They are the not going to be swayed one way or another by your argument because all they want to do is hate and preserve the status quo. Don't waste your time on them. They all too often resemble this guy (in something that is supposed to be a joke, but is all too common it seems) when it comes to discussions on 'pit bulls', mandatory spay/neuter and ending the killing.
The majority of people out there want to save the lives of animals and are compassionate about animals. They will listen. Focus your energies on those who matter...and the vocal fringe doesn't.
Chart comes from one of my favorite blogs -- I love Charts