RFC Facebook Group Rules

No off topic posts

The Raw Feeding Community is for diet related topics only. In an effort to keep the group focused on the subject it was created for, posts that are not specifically related to diet must be posted in RFC Pet Chat (for animal related topics only please). This includes any topics relating to training/behavior, vaccination, flea/tick/heartworm prevention, medications, etc. Off topic posts in The Raw Feeding Community will be deleted by admin. Admins also reserve the right to delete off topic comments on on-topic posts as well (for example, someone posts a question about raw feeding with a photo of their dog and someone comments about the dog’s cropped ears/training equipment/breed/etc. – those comments will be deleted; or if someone posts a question about diet and someone comments about vaccines – those comments will also be deleted).

Although RFC is primarily a raw feeding group, occasionally there will be questions about commercial brands, including kibble. Discussion of kibble is allowed in RFC. However, kibble posts may be closed at admin’s discretion once the post has been adequately answered. The purpose of closing these posts is to prevent them from continuing to be bumped to the top of the page. By closing comments, questions about raw diets will be able to receive more attention instead of a kibble post that has already been answered continually getting bumped to the top of the group feed. This allows RFC to remain focused on raw feeding, but also allow discussion of kibble for those that aren’t able to feed raw yet or those that feed partial raw diets.

No “graphic” content

In order to keep The Raw Feeding Community as beginner-friendly and inclusive as possible, please regulate any “graphic” content such as whole prey, roadkill, butchering/processing, etc to RFC Extreme. A good rule of thumb to follow is if you wouldn’t find it in your typical local grocery store or Wal-Mart, it is best to post it to Extreme.

Intentional live feeding (allowing your pet to kill their own prey animal) is not allowed in any capacity (videos, photos, or discussion) in any RFC affiliated groups, including RFC Extreme. Feeding live animals to your raw fed pets is dangerous and inhumane, not only to the prey animal, but to your pet as well. Live feeding opens the possibilities of injuries and/or parasites, as well as unnecessary prolonged suffering for the prey animal.

Poop photos are asked to be posted in comments as a courtesy for any members that do not wish to view pictures of poop in their newsfeed. However, this is not a rule, just a request. Posts containing photos of poop will not be automatically deleted by admin. 💩

Advertising requires admin permission

Posts or comments advertising for a product or service without admin permission will be deleted automatically by admin. If you would like to advertise (anything that involves exchanging money), please message the page for permission.

Permission to advertise grants you permission to post once. Please do not spam the group or advertise in a comment on unrelated topics. For example, if you are a treat company and someone posted asking for treat recommendations, you are welcome to point them towards your website. But if someone posts about switching to raw, advertising your treats would not be relevant to the post.

Be respectful

Name calling, bullying, harassing, “trolling,” shaming, etc. is not appropriate in any RFC affiliated groups. This includes “kibble shaming” (implying that owners that feed kibble are lazy or “poisoning” their pet, etc) and “vet bashing” (implying that veterinarians purposefully make your pet sick so they can make more money, etc). “Repeat offenders” or anyone whose behavior is continuously disruptive or inappropriate may be muted or banned at admin’s discretion.

RFC and affiliated groups are all about discussion, debate, and learning. If you cannot participate without refraining from rude or inflammatory comments, you will be muted, removed, or banned from the group at admin’s discretion.

Please also keep in mind that repeat questions will be frequently posted due to the nature of the group. If this offends or annoys you, it may be best for you to unfollow the group and/or turn off notifications so you can just visit the group whenever you feel like it.

Hate speech is not appropriate and will result in an immediate ban. This includes racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, etc. comments.

Adult language is not prohibited unless it is excessive to the point where it is disruptive, in which case admin may take action at their discretion.

No harmful advice

Harmful or dangerous advice is not appropriate in this group. Comments giving harmful advice will be deleted. Admins reserve the right to remove members from the group that continuously give dangerous advice.

Please keep in mind that Facebook groups are not a replacement for veterinary care. Posts asking for medical advice will be closed or deleted by admin.

Discussion of illegal activity is not allowed and any posts/comments will be deleted by admin.

Keep it in the group

Any members found to be posting screenshots from any RFC affiliated groups elsewhere may be banned at admin’s discretion.

Any members found to be private messaging another member to harass them or to solicit them is not allowed and will result in being banned from all RFC affiliated groups.

We strongly discourage comments like “PM me for more information” – please give any advice by commenting on the post. By taking the conversation to PM, it is impossible for admins or other members to correct any potential misinformation or dangerous advice given. By keeping all discussion within the group, it also benefits anyone else reading as well.

While the admin team strives to be as helpful as possible, please keep in mind that we all do have lives outside of RFC and may not always be available for one-on-one advice. If you would like an admin’s advice, it is best to message the RFC page rather than an individual admin; all admins and mods have access to the RFC page, so whoever is available at that time will be able to answer your question. If you have a general question about raw feeding, you are encouraged to post it to the group.

Don’t post personal information

Do not post anyone else’s identifying information, such as contact info, names, photos, etc in screenshots. If you must post a screenshot, all identifying information must be edited out fully. Any posts that contain identifying info will be deleted by admin. This includes group names, page names, website links, etc.

Do not post any contact information or any other personal details that you wouldn’t want over 60,000 other random strangers to know about you.

No puppy sales, rehoming, or fundraising

Please do not discuss specific breeders or litters in The Raw Feeding Community as this is not within the scope of the group.  Breeders advertising puppies for sale are not allowed to post in any RFC affiliated groups. Private rehomes are not allowed to be posted in any RFC affiliated groups.

If you want to share a post from a reputable 501c3 rescue organization, you may do so in RFC Pet Chat only. GoFundMe or similar fundraising websites are generally not allowed but may be with admin permission on a strict case-by-case basis.

Don’t block admins/mods

Members blocking admins or mods is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate banning until proof is provided that the admin or mod has been unblocked. Blocking admins or mods interferes with their ability to perform their duties in the group. Admins and mods are listed below.

Report inappropriate behavior to admin

Please keep in mind that although the admins try to keep tabs on everything that is going on, we are not superhuman, and we can’t always read every post and every comment immediately. If you see something that concerns you or a thread is getting out of hand, please report the post, tag one of the admins (listed at the bottom of this post) in the comments section, and/or message one or more admins.

 

Thank you, from your Raw Feeding Community admins:

Plear Littlefield, Danielle Steenkamp DVM, Ashlyn Kauh, Brianna Alford, Magen Bouchard, Andrea Kaehler, Courtenay Morgan, Kim ConkleMegan Johnson Zheng, Stephanie Curti, Sean Gordon

Jenni Korhonen, Emily Dhanani, Lindsey Modisette, Beth Laubenthal, Ronny Gomez, Alexa McLaren, Pierre-Olivier Champagne, Zoe Majewski, Viktorija Jermolayeva, Nadia Riobkova

 

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