In a move that MAY spell the end of the new sport of giggling at the email attackers, it’s time for a burst of News of the World-stylee “Name & Shame”. Well not quite as I’ll do the honourable thing and hide the names but here’s a selection of emails I’ve had regarding the horse picture here

message: I myself are a horse lover and do not appreicate the picture of a dead horse that was stabbed and choked to death. In my vision you all should be arrested!
Now, what if some little 5 year old kid had a horse and it ran away or was killed would you want them to think that you stole their horse and killed it? “Come On” grow up! You may think it is funny and fun to do but I for one will not stand for this I may be a kid but, I still have feelings and rights.

Sincerely,
JH

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message: please explain why there is a photo of a horse dead in the street
with a stake and sign stabbed through is stomach?! i am absolutley disgusted
as a horse owner and lover (they are stunning creatures) i am affended and its
brought back nightmares about when i walked out the back door at my farm to
find my best friend (my horse) dead on the ground. i demand that you remove
this photo from your site.

stc

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You Sick Sick Person

a

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subject – UR STUPID

message: WHY WOULD YOU KILL A HORSE AND STICK A SIGN IN ITS SIDE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU STUPID IDIOT

e

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message: why do you do this crap people love horses like me and my sister.We had two horses but one died because he was old and could not get up.When you keep killing horses then someday they will come extinct

s

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message: why did you kill that horse???????????? you had no right to kill that horse just because they banned hunting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hunting isnt even right no dont do that again

t

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message: i think this is utterly disgusting and i cant understanyd why you would want to put a dead horse in the middle of a street

lf

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message: I have no idea who you are but i think you are a disgrace to human kind. I am 15 years old and in school researching for a speech on horses. I was horrified to see this picture, there is no reason why it should be on the internet. The ban on was hunting was ages ago so get over it!!!!!!!!!!!!

j

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Now, I appreciate that many of these will be from 12 year-old pony owning girls but this next communication came from a woman who works in some legal office in Australia. Thought I’d put my responses in too to show how they often go.

message: THE PHOTO OF THE MURDERED HORSE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD IS DISGUSTING AND SHOULD NOT BE GLORIFED ON ANY WEB SITE, THE PEOPLE WHO DID THIS SHOULD BE IMPALED THEMSELVES!!! THIS BEAUTIFUL CREATURE DOES NOT DESERVE THIS TREATMENT NOT EVEN IN DEATH!!! TAKE IT OFF YOUR WEBSITE, THIS SHOULD NOT BE CONDONED

CW

No.

That was very big of you. NO. You are obviously condoning cruelty to
animals. For this you should not be supported I will ensure no one in my
group of friends will support you in any way. This is just as wrong as if
you had done it yourself!!!

CW

(At this point, I sent her the standard response that I included on the other page.)

Then maybe you should make it clear that you don’t condone this behaviour
and maybe you won’t get so many emails of disgust,… ever thought of that?
People don’t just get mad with cruelty to animals because of a pictures it
is the lack of script to go along with it. AWA does not get emails because
they have pictures of abused animals on their site because they have script
explaining what is going on.

CW

That’s a very lame justification for your misdirected criticism. As I said in my previous mail, there is just as much caption information on all of my pictures and yet no-one thinks that I designed the dresses at fashion shows or told Bono to stand a certain way during a concert. For some reason, a small percentage of the visitors to my site view the picture and seem to lose all ability to think logically. It may prove easier for you if I’d written in nice, big colourful capital letters; “IN CASE YOU HADN’T REALISED, THIS IS NOT A PICTURE OF A HOBBY OF MINE. IT, LIKE ALL OF THE OTHERS, IS JUST AN EVENT THAT I COVERED DURING MY DAY-TO-DAY JOB. PLEASE TRY TO USE SOME RATIONAL THOUGHT AND SEPARATE ANY CONCLUSIONS YOU MAY JUMP TO FROM THE EVIDENCE ALL OVER MY SITE THAT POINTS TO THE FACT THAT I DON”T KILL HORSES IN MY SPARE TIME”

I wonder whether the photographers who cover famines in Africa with dying children or conflict with badly injured civilians in hospital have to write a similar thing below all of their images JUST in case someone thinks that they might be running a site that promotes the idea..

(radio silence since that one..)

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Thankfully, I also get messages from other nutters too..

message: wow what a cute little boy.BUT i was wondiring who this is and u could just tell me some facts about u if u wanted too.and then i can tell u some facts about me…i’m very pretty,I am a teacher and what i teach is 5th grade!!!

m

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message: the UK is boring And it sucks there. been there twice. you are all out of control. and you will all get worse. have fun on that gigantic island of misery, rain, and suffering. Keep sending the troops!

Damn,
M

I hope that this shows you the dangers of being a photographer. Never mind the flying bullets and petrol bombs; THIS is the stuff that gives you post-traumatic stress disorders..

L

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