I joined this group more than a year ago when I started my backyard flock. I've enjoyed the wisdom of so many people and have made several friends both on-line and in person. I have participated in chicken-stock events, swap meets and educational meetings and even legal proceedings that promote keeping of poultry.
Recently, I'm distressed that poultry detractors have been lurking on the forums and using BYC posts to prosecute or persecute those who keep fowl at their homes.
Some of our "guests" have been printing screen shots of posts with the sole purpose of creating problems for chicken keepers. Some of these print outs are are being cited as "evidence" in cases where the keeping of poultry becomes a local ordinance issue. I'm aware of a couple of local governments that are harvesting names and locations for the purpose of prosecuting "outlaw" chicken keepers.
I'm not asking that BYC makes a stand for or against keeping poultry from a legal standpoint. What I'm asking is if there is a legal reason that what is posted here cannot be used as "evidence" against one who has poultry and may be seeking legal remedy to do so.
In other words, can what I post on this forum be used against me legally? Can any of my comments be used (pro or con) by any outside entity, without expressed, written permission of the owner of this site?