***IMPORTANT UPDATE AT END***
I titled my last post cognitive dissonance again because it is another perfect example (original is here). When faced with information that directly conflicts with their belief, the folks at VOKRA simply made it go away. They do use conventional medicine alongside homeopathy et al., and I can’t blame them too much for doing what they they think is right, but there are two big problems with the way they reacted to my comments.
- They are not a private company, they are a charitable organization. This means they should be accountable to their donors and allow them to be fully aware of their practices. In my view, repeatedly deleting my comments and disallowing further public discourse breaches the trust between donor and charity.
- Money issues aside, you could ask what the harm is: it is giving homeopaths legitimacy. I am damn sure that those homeopathic vets they’re seeing are also treating animals that are receiving no conventional medicine, which is in my view dangerous neglect of the health of an innocent animal
Karen from VOKRA did have one more reply for me (pasted as is):
well what you are saying does not make sense to me.what we do is make kittens and cats healthy in manymany ways ,,I am not telling people to use all methods we do ,just saying a lot of cats would be dead without it… and I have no time to debate things too many cats
No time to debate thing because too many cats? She is definitely trying to make me out to be the bad guy, as wasting her time. Nothing could be further from my intent. I am trying to save them from wasting precious resources. My reply:
What I am saying, in plain terms, is that you are wasting money on remedies that are repeatedly fail clinical trials and are utterly unproven. There is no proof that these sorts of remedies safe lives. Your experience is not proof. I am not trying to be heartless or cruel, of course I want to save cats, but as a charitable organization you have a responsibility to use your donors’ money effectively.
I wonder if she will reply. A member of one of the Skeptic groups on facebook suggested that their use of unproven medicine may be a breach of their status as a charity in Canada. I am tempted to pursue the legal route, although it was pointed out that the charity overseers probably don’t want to rock the boat on this sort of thing, but I am also holding back because VOKRA obviously does do important work and I don’t want people to simply stop donating. I just want them to use that money where it will really be of use!
***UPDATE: VOKRA have apologised on their facebook page:
Hello VOKRA friends, supporters, and fans,
Please accept our apologies for the deletion that happened yesterday. We have a few different page admins, and our volunteers are very passionate about what we all do. Sometimes a passionate page admin gets a little flustered,… and things go sideways. In the recent case with Olive and homeopathy, some things got deleted, which shouldn’t have been. The discussion of all veterinary care should be open for rational and informed discussion, because that’s how we learn more, and that’s how we help the best we can.
We have discussed this, and it should not happen again.
I am posting this message to a few threads, and am hoping you all see it. Feel free to send us a message should you have further questions.
I replied with this:
Thank you so much for your apology. I was never meaning to be hurtful, but I too am passionate about animal care, especially when I got my own cats from you.
For those of you unaware of what the issue, I have recorded most of the exchange in my blog (https://hayleydunning.wordpress.com/) if anyone has questions, please feel free to contact me (I don’t want to unnecessarily clog up VOKRA’s page)
I’m so pleased someone had the sense to release that quashing me was not the responsible thing to do. Way to go!