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Cat Abuse on YouTube (Part Two)
First off Iâ€™m posting a summary of 38 pages here and I have to say it was quite a task. But it was a task that needed doing and one that Iâ€™m happy to do.
I apologise in advance for anything Iâ€™ve left out, if Iâ€™ve spelled names wrong or got members confused. I also apologise if Iâ€™ve got your gender wrong as well. Iâ€™ll post this and then try and make some observations.
Friday March 16th (All times are PST)
10.46 â€“ Nikki posts to say that she was searching YouTube when she discovered a video labelled â€œSinging Catâ€. She described it and asked for help. She pointed out that she had reported it to YouTube the day before and it was still there.
11.02 - Leida viewed the video, flagged it and posted a comment. She also sent spiderhog73 (the poster of the video) a message telling him what she thought of him.
11.07 â€“ Leida posts a link to the video and asks Catsters to flag the video as â€˜inappropriateâ€™ and to pass on the word.
11.20 â€“ Nikki letâ€™s the folk at Dogster know about the video by posting a thread there.
11.44 â€“ Snow reports video to YouTube and ASPCA in NY.
------- I will not list each individual (wonderful) kitty who flagged the video â€“ this is a list of salient facts and I want to keep it as short as possible ---------
11.49 â€“ George sends the link to ASPCA in NY
14.00 â€“ Leida posts account details of spiderhog73 (see page 2 of original thread).
15.54 â€“ Leida points out the video has been on YouTube since December 11th 2006.
16.52 â€“ Hailey reports video to ASPCA and NYPD. She includes a link to the video as well as a link to spiderhog73â€™s MySpace account.
17.03 â€“ Eleâ€™ suggests sending links to a investigative reporter in NY.
17.44 â€“ MIA emails NY news channel.
19.09 â€“ Eleâ€™ reports that a Dogster member went to NYPD website and filed a complaint about the video.
20.06 â€“ Amelia visits spiderhog73â€™s MySpace account and notices that he is the grandson of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.
20.31 â€“ MIA posts to say that spiderhog73 has a video on MySpace called â€œWhat you donâ€™t know about the blue catâ€.
21.04 â€“ Chrissy and Eleâ€™ post to say that they canâ€™t find the video that MIA mentioned.
23.03 â€“ Amelia reports that she has written to PETA asking for advice. She supplies them with links to spiderhog73â€™s MySpace and YouTube accounts.
23.15 â€“ Bambi reports that she has emailed PETAâ€™s Media Cenre and â€œhome in Americaâ€. She sends them the relevant details.
Saturday March 17th
00.01 â€“ Bambi reports that she emailed ASPCA in NY and also NYPD. She also reports the incident to Catster HQ.
07.02 â€“ Mouse first mentions the idea of a petition.
08.10 + 08.24 â€“ Blade and Tigga post a link to the YouTube complaint form.
08.29 â€“ Leida posts complaint to YouTube including a link to the thread on Catster. Several other cats also fill out and post complaint forms to YouTube.
10.08 â€“ Eleâ€™ reports that she has contacted PETA
10.40 â€“ Amelia post to say she has contacted a radio station in LA about this.
10.48 â€“ Blade says that he has joined a cat video group on YouTube and started a thread about the video.
11.22 â€“ Leida posts her concerns of the video being pulled and us losing the evidence.
11.39 â€“ Hunter suggests that we need to save a copy of the video.
12.08 â€“ Hazel says that her mom has saved the video to her computer hard drive.
12.17 â€“ George says that he will contact a national news station. CNN and FOX are mentioned.
12.44 - McDuff reports that the video is no longer on YouTube. A message saying â€œRemoved By Ownerâ€ is there instead. All our comments are also lost.
13.03 â€“ Amelia summarises who has been contacted so far and adds HSUS to the list.
14.25 â€“ Sebastian and Sasha (S&S) report that members of Dogster are writing to the criminal division of ASPCA in NY. S&S also report that they are going to do some research on Ossie Davis, the grandfather of spiderhog73.
14.52 â€“ S&S report that spiderhog73 is Martial James Desir Davis living in Harlem NY
17.30 â€“ S&S discover that spiderhog73â€™s father is Blues guitarist Guy Davis. They write to his manager informing him of the video.
19.22 â€“ George posts email addresses for CNN and FOX News.
20.16 â€“ Vincent reports that he wrote to Guy Davis, who was unable to find the video due to it being removed.
20.36 â€“ S&S report that Guy Davisâ€™s manager says that Guy is upset and is contacting spiderhog73â€™s mother.
21.07 â€“ S&S say they will write to YouTube.
Sunday March 18th
00.29 â€“ Astro Balzac reports that there are two pictures of the cat on spiderhog73â€™s MySpace account â€“ one has the written comment â€œsmacks Katâ€.
04.29 â€“ Nico posts details of a similar case in Philadelphia (page 14 original thread) that turned out to be a hoax, but was dealt with seriously.
08.50 - Eleâ€™ puts out a request that all Catsters contact YouTube and let them know how disturbed we all are by the video and their lack of response.
09.16 â€“ S&S state they are going to write to PETA and YouTube.
10.11 â€“ Eleâ€™ posts contact addresses for Google and YouTube (page 15 original thread)
11.00 â€“ Hazel posts to say that she copied the video but it doesnâ€™t seem to work.
11.08 â€“ Astro Balzac reports that he has written to news stations.
11.39 â€“ S&S inform the members that anyone who has seen the video may have it on their temporary internet files.
12.19 â€“ Astro Balzac asks if anyone has a copy of the video could they send it to him so he can save it to a DVD disk. He will also contact ASPCA, NYPD and PETA.
12.56 â€“ Nikki asks all members to sign the petition she has posted demanding that YouTube take responsibility for the videos they host.
13.14 â€“ S&S explain the problems of trying to download YouTube videos.
Monday March 19th
06.05 - Leida posts link to photograph of â€˜blueâ€™ cat.
08.24 â€“ George gets a response from ASPCA. It appears to be a standard response form.
09.55 â€“ Eleâ€™ and S&S report that they all had same standard response.
10.05 â€“ Hazel says that Astro has saved photos of blue cat from the MySpace account.
10.08 - S&S say they will research and try to find the home address of spiderhog73 as ASPCA seem to need this to act.
10.09 â€“ George reports that his mom phoned ASPCA in NY. Despite giving them all the details we have so far, they wouldnâ€™t act without an address for spiderhog73.
10.38 â€“ Amelia reports details of an email from Guy Davisâ€™ manager. Guy says he will take spiderhog73 to visit ASPCA after school today.
11.02 â€“ Hazel says she may have found an address for the Davis family.
15.28 â€“ Mipo posts email address of ALDF (page 21 original thread)
16.38 â€“ Amelia says that she has again written to Davis via his manager.
17.47 â€“ Icebox suggests contacting Montel Williams and she supplies a link.
17.48 â€“ Baltster posts a summary of links that have been used so far and on what pages to find them (page 23 original thread)
18.18 â€“ Simon reports that his mom has emailed Ellen Degeneres about the incident.
18.53 â€“ Kayla posts that she stumbled across a cat abuse video. (page 23) We may look into this.
18.56 â€“ Madd-y-McCatterson post a link to Guy Davisâ€™ feedback on his website.
21.08 â€“ Amelia reports getting an email from Guy Davisâ€™ manager. The email doesnâ€™t answer any of the questions she asked, it asks who has a copy of the video as the family havenâ€™t seen it.
21.19 â€“ Nikki writes to Davisâ€™ manager to assure him that the video was real.
21.48 â€“ S&S report they also got an email from Davisâ€™ manager asking if they had a copy of the video. They also report that they got no response from the ten news channels they wrote to.
Tuesday March 20th
08.02 â€“ Leida posts tutorial to find temporary internet files.
10.51 â€“ S&S call for restraint = being polite is more likely to get a positive result.
13.24 â€“ Amelia posts statement she received from the Davis family in which they state that the cat is ok. (page 29 original thread)
13.53 â€“ Amelia phones PETA.
14.05 â€“ Leida suggests that we tell the Davis family that we will back off in return for them surrendering the blue cat.
15.54 â€“ Leida reports that she has found a temporary file that may be the video (Iâ€™m currently working on it along with Loki).
Wednesday March 21st
07.20 - Astro Balzac posts that he may have found the Davis family address.
11.04 â€“ Buster posts address of Guy Davis.
17.18 â€“ Mr D posts video on YouTube about the petition.
18.52 â€“ Astro Balzac writes letter to ASPCA, PETA and NYPD (page 36 original thread)
And thatâ€™s about it so far.