The vast majority of folks down on skills because of low rides generally get their at least partly for their own doing.
When I am down rides, it is my own fault.
very few Animists. no, members of the Druid profession... have done anything to bring this skill reduction on themselves. There is, therefore, little if any parallel to their respective situations. The novelty of the quest being worn off, I do not expect I will spend much time on it in the future, and will certainly look to ease the discomfort of my friends in the Druid Profession.
Those raising the totems do so to harm their enemy, and the neutral profession has been caught in the middle. Those who raise it must therefore eat the consequences.