by Matt Miner and Sloane Quealy-Miner
Rescue Ink, oh Rescue Ink, how laughable your bully tactics are…
On March 9, 2012, BSL News received a “Cease and Desist” letter from Rescue Ink’s General Counsel threatening a lawsuit and demanding a full retraction and an apology for the truthful reporting of the situation in Far Rockaway, NY.
The reality TV “stars” of Rescue Ink will receive neither an apology nor a retraction as BSL News has been thoroughly honest in our reporting and we at BSL News have to wonder what kind of reputable animal rescue organization needs a lawyer on staff, anyways?
Reputable animal rescues that we’re familiar with let their work and their reputation do the talking for them, not their attorneys with their lawyer-speak and litigation. Reputable animal rescues spend their time and money helping animals, not suing independent dog rescuers living on tight budgets for making an internet post they didn’t like.
Here’s the thing: Rescue Ink would love for BSL News to cower in fear because of a piece of paper from their lawyer charging us with crimes of libel that have not been committed. They’re expecting it. Why? Because as this drama unfolds we are contacted by more and more people who have similar stories of being bullied into silence by similar “shut up, stop telling the truth, or we’ll sue you” tactics employed by the “tough guys” at Rescue Ink. If Rescue Ink thinks BSL News will follow suit with their other victims and hide in fear, they’re sorely mistaken. We don’t hide, we don’t scare, and we won’t stop speaking the truth no matter how many frivolous lawsuits their lawyer threatens us with.
Here’s the other thing: If one is reporting the truth, one has nothing to fear from a libel suit. BSL News reported only the true facts of the situation in Far Rockaway as observed first hand, and witness statements from sources also involved in the drama. Again, if the truth is on your side then you have nothing to fear. If Rescue Ink takes this to court they will lose. Plain and simple, they will lose. BSL News are not amateur hour mouthbreathers scared of going to court – we are seasoned animal activists who have dealt with our share of bullies in our time and we will not be cowed by tattooed liars hiding behind a guy with a law degree.
Here’s one last thing: Trying to prove a libel case is costly, time consuming, and near impossible. Add to this the fact that BSL News has documented evidence (hundreds of photographs of the situation in Far Rockaway, screenshots of comments made by Rescue Ink representatives that were later deleted by them, witnesses and witness statements from those in Far Rockaway, emails to us from Rescue Ink associates and representatives) of Rescue Ink’s treacherous lies, backing up every single claim made in the article, throughout this whole scenario, and it’s a no brainer: BSL News is fully in the right.
Sorry, Rescue Ink, again, we don’t scare this easily and you won’t threaten us into silence. The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America doesn’t take a breather and look the other way just because Rescue Ink is involved.
There’s no legal ground for a case here (at least on Rescue Ink’s part), but Rescue Ink pays their lawyer to send threatening letters to those who expose their lies and we at BSL News don’t hold anything against the lawyer – he’s just doing his job, as distasteful as some may find it, as dictated to him by his Rescue Ink employers.
OK so on to Rescue Ink’s gripes: What’s Rescue Ink taking issue with in the “offending” post? Well, it’s the use of the word “fraud” which BSL News stands by and we will say it again: Rescue Ink defrauded the public in the Far Rockaway case reported on and it would appear there’s far more going on due to the unreported anecdotal tales that have been pouring into our inbox since we took a stand against these thugs.
So let’s examine this, shall we? In a few simple steps, easy enough for anyone to follow along with, we’ll show that BSL News’ claim of fraud is true, fulfilling Rescue Ink’s lawyer’s request for demonstrated proof, and ending this matter once and for all.
- Rescue Ink claims to be a nonprofit organization.
- Nonprofit organizations raise funds through donations granted to them by well meaning individuals and groups, based on the merit of the nonprofit’s deeds and actions.
- If a nonproft organization takes credit for deeds and actions they had no part in, this helps them raise funds based on work they didn’t do.
This means when the nonprofit organization Rescue Ink lied and took credit for work done in Far Rockaway, they, as a nonprofit organization, furthered their fundraising efforts with these fraudulent claims of work done.
Now let’s take a look at the dictionary definition of “fraud,” shall we?
- deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage.
- a particular instance of such deceit or trickery: mail fraud; election frauds.
- any deception, trickery, or humbug: That diet book is a fraud and a waste of time.
- a person who makes deceitful pretenses; sham; poseur.
Seems to fit the situation, right?
We know the guys at Rescue Ink may have more street smarts than book smarts, but we certainly weren’t aware we’d have to waste our time looking words up in the dictionary for them! It’s called Google, Rescue Ink. It looks up stuff for you – it’s helpful for when you don’t understand what a word means.
What’s really tragic about this whole situation is that as a consequence of Rescue Ink’s lawsuit threats against BSL News, Rescue Ink is taking us away from our work which is so urgently important. Rescue Ink is distracting us from the task at hand: helping animals and fighting breedism. Rescue Ink is forcing us to spend money defending ourselves against these ludicrous claims – money that would otherwise be going to help so many needy and abused animals.
That alone should be a crime.