The World Assembly Staff's recent Pros and Cons list provides interesting insight into "Ethical Treatment of Animals" you may not have thought of! Make sure to spend just a few minutes to check it out here:
The Rejected Realms WA Information
The proposal addresses animal rights issues with a compromise. It gives flexibility towards beneficial researchers in testing while still mandating humane treatment and animal conservation efforts.
The proposal has the General Fund support researchers in need of money to treat animals humanely, which supports scientific research, which includes some that may improve the lives of animals.
This could be a reason to vote against if you are against the World Assembly's ever-expanding need for
Clause 2b states that “Animal research institutes may not develop products whose main purpose is to harm animals physically or psychologically unless the product minimises the suffering of an animal harmed or killed for a lawful purpose or its function is of material benefit to its sapient owner.” Which clearly allows animal abuse for the sake of material gain. While this is an exception that is certainly not in the spirit of the law, it neuters much of its ability to protect animals.
An "animal" is defined as a non-sapient being with a nervous system or equivalent system by which it is naturally able to experience pain;” this definition arguably excludes great apes and potentially other primates, perhaps the animals most deserving legal protection, depending on your interpretation of the WA definition of sapient.
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Only from specified nation, or can anyone provide words for you?
My word of the day:
Well, I was just curious as to why he took shots at my name.
wtf is with this MAP bullshvt. Its absolutely disgusting and its literally advocating for pedophilia to be accepted
I haven't got the foggiest idea what you are talking about.
It very much is, as long as you follow our rulez:
Rejected Realms RMB - A Message Board Guide
What is the Regional Message Board?
The regional message board (RMB for short) is the space within the Rejected Realms (TRR for Short) that players and nations can post messages, hold conversations, debates, all sorts! It is free for any member of the region, or members of embassy regions to post on, so long as they stay within the rules.
One notable thing of the typical discussion on the RMB, is that it is within the rules. Despite TRR being a region where you can't be ejected, there are still rules that you must follow to partake on the RMB, and in the region, in good faith.
The Rules, the cornerstone of RMB etiquette. They are:
Stay within NationStates rules.
Wherever you are, the rules of the site still apply, so I'd recommend getting familiar with them, and making sure you are within them. You may not be able to be ejected from this region, but NS Moderators can still punish you for breaking site rules! The site rules are located here. These apply wherever you are in NationStates, so following them is a must.
Do not call for the overthrow of the regional government.
The regional government is democratically elected, and they are limited on what they can do by the constitution, which is located here. Every important position in TRR is democratically elected, so the best way to ensure you have a say in the government is to apply for citizenship, and partake in elections.
Don't Multi Post
Multi-Posting is when you post multiple posts on the RMB in a row, without someone having said something in between. If you have more to say, use the edit button!
Think before you advertise
Don't recruit by posting recruitment messages on the RMB, it may be within NS Rules but we don't allow it. However, advertising polls it fine.
Don't quote suppressed messages
They've been suppressed for a reason, and you're likely to be suppressed to if you quote them. However, quoting a person and rewriting their message to be a slight variation on "snip" is acceptable, but we don't recommend you engage suppressed posts at all.
While debates are allowed, arguments and full blown flaming are not and can, on occasion, enter the realm of NS rules. Be respectful of others with alternative views, have debates, but not arguments.
Paired with this, do not complain about your previous region, the reason they ejected you, or your past and how you ended up here. Most nations here don't care about your past drama, and TRR is a place to start new, a fresh start, and not be plagued by issues of the past.
Stop when asked
If a regional officer of the region with communications perms asks you to stop, or an NS Moderator does the same, stop.
If you break any of these rules, you are liable to be suppressed, but it's relatively easy to stay within them, as they're aren't hard to follow!
While not generally too harmful, one word messages aren't great as they clog up the RMB, interrupt and disrupt conversations, and entice others to follow in their footsteps and also post one word messages, so don't do it. It doesn't make the RMB interesting, it could discourage members from making posts and prevent others from having an actually decent debate.
Trolling and spamming comes into the jurisdiction of NS rules, so don't do it. Posting hateful comments, spamming messages, quoting and vastly changing someone's message (beside deleting it in its entirety) is not acceptable at all.
Alongside this, please do not engage trolls or spammers on the RMB, leave them alone to avoid being caught in the crossfire, if you quote or engage them there is an increased chance that you could get punished for quoting, encouraging or just speaking to them.