There is a direct correlation between violence towards other animals and violence towards other human beings. While there are laws protecting animals from all sorts of abusive treatment in the US, depictions of this abuse still manage to make their way to various sites on the internet and by default, it becomes the responsibility of the host and provider to remove images and depictions of illegal activities from their systems.
The virtual world of Secondlife has Community Standards in place which should facilitate the prompt removal of offensive material and Linden Labs does punish offenders of these standards. However, the standards are vague and leave too much room for interpretation as to what is offensive.
With this petition, we request that the Community Standards of the virual world of Secondlife be modified to specify that display or depiction of real life animal abuse which is now occurring within the virtual world of Secondlife will not be tolerated.
We the undersigned, request that the Community Standards currently in place at Secondlife be modified to more effectivly address our concerns about unprovoked violence in secondlife and public display of materials that are offensive.
The Community standards document addresses many valid issues concerning violence and offensive material and the recent concern about gambling ordinances in the US show that Linden Labs is truly concerned about creating a world in which is residents can live safely and within the appropriate laws. However, it does not address the public display of images or video of real life animals being abused, actions that are ethically unacceptable and likely illegal. A recent complaint of this activity was apparently discharged with little concern by a representative of Linden Labs although it caused severe anguish to the person who filed the complaint.
We believe it is within the best interest of Linden Labs to prohibit this activity and as you often say that your intention is that secondlife will help create a better world, we hope that you will agree that there is no room for promoting the violence that is connected with the abuse of animals which has also been statistically linked to violence and abuse of humans.
In order to alleveiate any ambiguity in the Community Standards, we are requesting that you direct it to be modified to explicitly prohibit the display of images or video depicting real life abuse of animals and that violation of these standards will result in disciplinary actions similar to all other serious offenses against the community.
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