Nowadays there is a large number of petitions circulating on the internet. The Advocacy team is increasingly being asked if Cats Protection can support various external petitions, for example by promoting them on Facebook or Twitter to our supporters.
Our position is that generally, Cats Protection does not support petitions unless we are the originator or involved in some way. This does not preclude supporters or branch members supporting external petitions, ideally as individuals rather than as Cats Protection.
The reasons Cats Protection generally only promotes its own petitions, or petitions we are involved in as part of a collaborative campaign, are:
to ensure maximum and targeted campaigning impact for the charity
to avoid public confusion about Cats Protection’s campaign priorities
to ensure that as an organisation we only support and promote campaigns that support our strategic objectives
to retain control and avoid risks to reputation (often we do not know anything about the originator of external campaigns and this exposes us to reputational risk)