Last night, it finally clicked: Instagram accounts involved in the post-poisoning evacuation of abandoned pet rabbits from Nevada state property were replicating the Facebook hashtag #bunniesmatterinvegastoo on belated Instagram posts.
If those users tweet, however, they haven’t learned the Twitter hashtag #LasVegasDumpsiteBunnies (they don’t grace my Twitter radar).
Activism in #bunniesmatterinvegastoo has had four apparent aims: (1) to inform; (2) to persuade viewers to sign the pivotal change.org petition, which requests that the Sheriff investigate the alleged poisoning; (3) to finance post-evacuation care and transport to other North American rescues for more leisurely rehoming;and (4) to sustain All Creatures Sanctuary, Vegas Bunny Rescue and other local rabbit rescues throughout the in-take onslaught.
Today’s Feature Image, implies diverse, necessary action required of responders: mourn the lost (but not for too long!); preserve the on-going quality of the rescued rabbits (aren’t emergency evacuations fun?!); and, finally, orchestrate the transport and distribution of the rabbits to the receiving North American rescues.
A recent video by Dave Schweiger demonstrates the rescues’ and volunteers’ collective success: these abandoned pets are initiated into the fostering/adoption framework with ample space, sanguine cleanliness, ample quality hay, and awe-inspiring respect for the rabbits’ territorial imperatives.
On the ground two-thirds of a continent away, chasing indicators in cyberspace much as rescuers in Las Vegas marshal rabbits into pens and from thence into carriers, I sense a natural logarithm, as algorithm, in the activist crowd-sourcing. Leaders both organize and delegate; the greater the longevity of the underlying crowd-sourcing need, the greater the likelihood crowd-sourcing will identify, elevate, reward and cultivate Leaders because if it does not do so the crowd-sourcing will fail.
#bunniesmatterinvegastoo is a hybrid in several ways. First, “longer-term” coordination between the City of Las Vegas and the rescue consortium pre-existed the three-fold needs the unanticipated poison deaths precipitated, which were as follows: 1) urgent local relocation–pens, carriers, blankets, manpower and short-distance transport; 2) greatly and suddenly expanded population management stressors– requiring new space, space allocation devices (pens, crates, litter pans, hay, feed, water, bowls, supplementary alimentation), manpower scheduling; and 3) unanticipated and intensified pressure to organize not only interim vet-care but “longer term” relocation provisions. Under such conditions crowd-sourcing became a plausible recourse.
Second, the poisoning, due to its possible link to state-related activity, posed delicate investigative questions: state entities as a rule resist and corrupt efforts at Interval Investigation. That being the case, a second set of prerogatives emerged in the short-run: compose, and gather signatures for a petition to keep the ball in play for input as to the choice of investigative officer for the job. The only way to gain such support is outreach: again, in our 21st Century hubris, crowdsourcing appears a viable option. Emergency
Because the real duration of the multiplex emergencies were short-term, the incipient movement had little time to identify leadership skills and channel them efficiently.
In general rabbit rescue people are reserved, discrete. For various reasons, like safe houses, they operate on a “NEED to know basis”. It will be a challenge for them to continue to crows source.