Electronic, spiked or pronged collars and the like
Members of DOGS Victoria and members of clubs affiliated with DOGS Victoria are prohibited from using electronic, spiked or pronged collars or the like on their dogs, or allowing electronic, spike or pronged collars or the like to be used on their dogs.
We refer you to VCA regulation 3.5.2 Dog Collars
"The use of dog collars incorporating protrusions designed to puncture or bruise the dog's skin, or electronic collars designed to deliver an electric shock to the dog is prohibited."
These collars are prohibited by the Australian National Kennel Council Ltd and DOGS Victoria and members found to use or have used such collars shall be dealt with under DOGS Victoria's disciplinary procedure.
DOGS Victoria Social Media Code of Conduct
Social media has become an integral part of day to day communication for individuals as well as businesses.
Social media is defined as the social interaction among people in which they create, share or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks.
Social media may include but is not limited to magazines, Internet forums, weblogs, social blogs,microblogging, wikis, social networks, podcasts, photographs or pictures, video, rating and social bookmarking. Technologies include blogging, picture-sharing, vlogs, wall-posting, music-sharing,crowdsourcing and voice over IP.
Its ability to capture community sentiment and shape opinions is driven by its dynamic and immediate nature.
What constitutes ethical behaviour can be somewhat ambiguous when engaging in social forums, however DOGS Victoria believes its members should uphold the highest ethical standards displaying respect, honesty and integrity.
This Social Media Code of Conduct aims to provide guidelines on best practice behaviour when using social media.
· Abide by DOGS Victoria rules & regulations
· Be reasonable and respectful – do not post malicious, misleading or unfair content in relation to DOGS Victoria or its affiliates, DOGS Victoria staff, DOGS Victoria members or members of other ANKC affiliated bodies.
· Be accurate – any comment posted as fact should be able to be substantiated
· Act in manner that is consistent with good community expectations
The same values that apply in the real world also apply in the virtual world and in social media exchanges.
Despite the seemingly unregulated nature of social media, the law still pertains online. Postings online (and similarly in email or text messages) are subject to the law in areas such as defamation, racial discrimination, intimidation and bullying.
Breach of the Social Media Code of Conduct
DOGS Victoria continually monitors activity in relation to the organisation and its members.
Dogs Victoria takes compliance with this policy seriously. Detected breaches of the policy should be reported to DOGS Victoria for investigation.
A breach of this Code may result in disciplinary action which could result in, but is not limited to, the issuing of a formal warning or suspension.
Particularly serious matters may be referred for legal opinion or to Police.
Consultation or advice
This policy has been developed to provide guidance for DOGS Victoria members.
Any members who are unsure of their rights, liabilities or actions online and seek clarification should contact DOGS Victoria Management Committee or the DOGS Victoria CE.
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