Community figures and House leaders indulging in public tirades in forums and on Facebook, as has come to light in another example yesterday, belittling donors and promoting such a view of donors as “food, blood-bags, and cattle” etc for Vampyres reinforces the notion that donors are lesser, not only than Vampyres, but also lesser as people, and are not to be considered deserving of being protected from abuses and affronts to their dignity within the Vampyre Community.
Not only does this notion – and efforts to promote it, degrade the standards of the VC, but it also defeats public confidence in the VC as a safe place for all, and undermines the hard work by many put into building up the status quo and the conditions of mutual respect, and community safety within the community.
This also generates doubt in the minds of those already acting as donors, as well as those who are or may consider becoming donors in future. This kind of sentiment being entertained within as diverse a community as ours, gives form to the adage of “one cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face”. In short, this sort of rhetoric serves no other purpose than to distinguish those who lack appreciation and respect from the rest of the community who cherish and honor those who help us.
The approach of disrespecting, bullying and abusing donors does not fall in the scope of the doctrine or policies of the SAVA with regards to community building within the South African Vampyre Community. Behavior and sentiment as is promoted by such individuals clashes with the Totum Lex Vampyrica (TLV) in use in SA, as well as guidelines such as the Black Veil and the Donor Bill of Rights and numerous other international ethics and guidelines internationally held as tenets of our culture. Promotion of the bullying, abuse and disrespecting of donors is wholly and totally unacceptable in the SA VC.
As Regent of the SAVA, and on behalf of the SAVA High Council, it is my duty and pleasure to condemn in the strongest terms anything of this nature which may pose a threat to the integrity and safety of participants within the SA VC – be they vampyric or otherwise.
The SAVA will continue to build the South African Vampyre Community upon a strong foundation of mutual dignity, respect and friendship to promote a fair and safe community for all its participants.
Regent of the South African Vampyre Alliance (SAVA),
Magister of Mintaka Halo,
Primus of House Valur.