The internet is a wonderful place, full of kittens and kindness and humor and uplifting stories and hard news and legitimate science, baby. It’s also full of grifters, misinformation, calumny, distortion, prevarication, obfuscation, falsification, misrepresentation, sophistry, lies, damn lies, and statistics. You all know this.
But I also know that you all have big hearts. You see stories about animals in need and feel moved to help. I understand this compulsion. It’s the same for me when I see stories about animals that are abused or in distress or pain, especially when accompanied by a photo of a very sad-looking dog or cat. Or cow; I love cows.