VENT... probably new post, actually...
This is awful, and exactly what I suspected. I left a message for the administrators asking if it were possible to just pull down public availability for posting Stolen horses. For instance: verify the profile of a given individual from an organization such as NetPosse, where they do their homework before they advertise "lost" and "stolen" horses. In my ideal horsey world, the "verified" poster can make "stolen" ads for horses who are legitimately stolen. Then, this site will become a reputable avenue for such organizations to reach people in the public who may not otherwise go to the NetPosse website regularly to see about "stolen" horses... the word would be out, and it would protect others from libel/slander situations. I can say from first hand experience that the utilization of these forums by people who are crooked has the potential to create a very limited life potential for these beautiful, innocent animals. This limited potential includes being rehomed to beautiful, loving well-meaning and INNOCENT people, participating in competition, and so forth. I hope the current owners can take comfort in the fact that the reputation of the person claiming "STOLEN" is already extremely tarnished by their own doing, and those who know the former owners who are making these claims KNOW the truth behind those claims.
I know from our situations, the people owning horses who are faced with Agister's Liens and subsequent lien foreclosures already have very poor reputations within the local equine community. The only people who believe their lies are the people who are already on the same level of pathetic underhanded mindsets. It would be awesome if there were some sort of overseeing organization who had a legal avenue for having a boarder-blacklist... sort of like when people repeatedly bounce checks and the checks are posted for the public to see. Credit card companies have this, apartment/home rental/sales have this, etc... why can't we? Of course, not just gossipy "These people suck" claims, but rather, substantiated "They have not paid board in x-# of months..." or "They have not paid for veterinary care in x-# of days", etc. There has to be something us barn owners can do to protect our assets.
To have people think it is our responsibility to pay for their horses, and then turn around and have access to public forums like this one, that are meant to be reputable "helpful" locations and post these things is just absolutely rediculous. I know it is impossible to block these idiots from creating repeated profiles and whatnot, BUT, it is not impossible to create a reputable forum for "Stolen" ads within this forum. Additionally, it wouldn't block people from posting these stolen ads on other places in the forum, but with the availability of NetPosse or another reputable organization posting in a "verified" forum, it would help the rest of us decipher reputable from non-reputable and would therefore help protect those at risk from libel.
Last edited by leonalee; 12-13-2010 at 01:53 PM.