I saw this come up as an accusation when DHC’s behavior was called into question.
Today, furries discussed and debated the existence of zoophile signaling tattoos.
Supposedly, if you have a tattoo in these locations, you are signaling that you are a zoophile.
People are obviously concerned about spreading the wrong message through their character designs. This dog whistle isn’t super well known to a lot of furries, so it’s good that people are learning about it.
Placement seems to matter a lot.
Many people don’t take any chances when they see this cryptic dog whistle regardless of the person’s intent.
It’s hard to blame people with now normalized it’s become on social media to highly curate your following. Grifters attack people for having the wrong people following them these days.
Finally. Here’s at least an attempt at a source beyond “I said so”.
This seems highly anecdotal. While I can appreciate people educating others on how some people use these tattoos, I think it’s highly unfair to assume someone wants to molest animals just for putting a paw on their character. It’s literally the most common symbol for furries. A lot of people seem unaware of the true meaning of a tattoo with placement like this though, and it’s not unrealistic to assume that many people add one to their character in one of these spots without knowing about this.
This aside, furries are no stranger to cryptic dog whistles. There are two others in the first two screenshots of this post:
- The icon
@skullmutt is using is meant to signify your support of extremist far-left ideology, including a complete disdain for (and the desire to deconstruct) law enforcement.
- “1312” is another way of writing “ACAB”. For some reason, left-wing extremists thought it would look cool to mirror the “1488” dog whistle that Nazis use. It means more or less the same thing as the icon.
It’s always worth considering the possibility of ulterior motives whenever you encounter extremist dog whistles on social media. Make sure that the poster isn’t benefitting in some way. Example: convincing society to get rid of law enforcement (by getting it to believe it’s irredeemably evil) sets up the perfect conditions for radical groups (like them) to install a dictatorship.
That said, I don’t think this is the case here. This seems like a genuine attempt to warn people.