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On Why You Should Post Videos Beyond YouTube

I received this from Chris in China, and it underscores the importance of posting videos beyond YouTube.

Dear MFA, is blocked in China.

Which means, none of MFA's videos are available. Some, on your site, are viewable, but since you're only using Youtube for sharing, we can't embed them on sites here yet.

If Mercy For Animals could also post at or make a downloadable copy available, it could do a world of good here.

US groups need to make sure they post their videos on multiple sharing sites (at least on We need to fight for animals everywhere, and that means being aware of what major online tools are not available to all.

For farm animals, China is America 2.0 in the worst way. Please consider posting your videos on a Vimeo channel as well, so we can embed them on sites in China.

The activists in China need your help.

Thanks for all you do!



Just FYI, sites blocked in China right now:


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  1. Just as an FYI, if the video isn't copyrighted, anyone can copy it and upload it to other servers themselves.

    I hear a lot of "you should…" in our movement from people who CAN.

    September 3, 2009
  2. Mary #

    The points are: 1) if a video is only on YouTube, the activists in China might never get to see it because they don't know it exists; AND 2) to pass on a request from those activists.

    I'm not sure what this means, then, Elaine:
    I hear a lot of "you should…" in our movement from people who CAN.

    September 4, 2009
  3. Mary,
    My point is that anyone else with access to computers and the knowledge of how to download and share videos could have posted the MFA video on Vimeo. MFA didn't/doesn't have to do it themselves.

    Analogy: Say China banned books by Peter Singer, Gary Francione, etc. Would you suggest that Singer and Francione spend time re-publishing their books in other formats that snuck past the ban or would it be wise for other people with those specific re-publishing skills to do that?

    September 17, 2009

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