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Scan through any social media app, and you’ll see pictures of vacations, family reunions, and other typical, everyday events. However, there is also a chance you’ll encounter pictures of people posing with animals they’ve killed, animals they’ve hurt, or simply images glorifying violence against animals.

Despite websites having rules against “violence,” users are constantly confronted with violence and gore from other users. Being barraged with animals being skinned, beaten, or mutilated only serves to desensitize younger generations, and portray these acts as “normal.”

Most distressingly, there have been numerous examples of illegal hunting or severe animal abuse posted to Instagram. These images are treated the same way pictures from a child’s birthday party are treated, leading to them being celebrated and passed around with no repercussions. Even when arrests have been made over illegal hunting or animal abuse, the images are still allowed to be on the site!

Instagram has a very clear policy on what is appropriate to post; “You may not post violent, nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, pornographic or sexually suggestive photos or other content via the Service.”

The countless bloody and gory images of slaughtered animals are in obvious violation of that rule, and Instagram should hold all users to that standard. Violence against animals is still violence!

Help us call on Instagram CEO Keven Systrom to enforce their policy about violent images, and prevent the posting of animal abuse and slaughter!

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Dear Keven Systrom,

The cultural impact of Instagram can’t be overstated. With close to 500 million monthly users, your company has a massive impact on our culture and on how people view the world around them. The images featured on Instagram make waves across the globe, for good or bad.

Instagram has always had a comprehensive terms of service agreement for users, but unfortunately, the enforcement of those policies is severely and painfully lacking. Despite the rules against posting “violent” content, users are inundated with graphic depictions of animal abuse and animal cruelty daily. From hunters skinning their prey on camera, to neighborhood kids posing with animals they beat to death, the “violence” you rally against in humans is on proud display across your site.

Allowing these types of images simply normalizes the behavior, and states that violence against animals in any capacity is absolutely fine. Your refusal to enforce your policies is a ringing endorsement for animal abuse across the world.

Please help end the violent depictions of animals abuse and cruelty on Instagram, and stand with other social media companies in helping to stamp out this celebration of abuse.


Petition Signatures

May 22, 2017 John Baughman
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Enough. There is no glory in killing for sport.
May 21, 2017 Rosa Rodriguez
May 21, 2017 Sandra Holbrook
May 21, 2017 Robin Blakesley
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2017 James Deschene
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 19, 2017 Jacquelyn Clarke
May 19, 2017 Dulcie Camp
May 19, 2017 Susan Purcell
May 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2017 Monica Zias
May 19, 2017 Urszula Lund
May 18, 2017 Ed Askins Ban photos of wildlife trophy kills so coward killers cannot boast about their wildlife slaughter.
May 18, 2017 Nancy Lauzon
May 18, 2017 Elizabeth Wallace
May 17, 2017 jane cook
May 17, 2017 natalie hughes
May 17, 2017 Deborah Stull
May 16, 2017 Susannah Gelbart
May 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 16, 2017 Clarice Glandon
May 16, 2017 Kat Klahn
May 14, 2017 Cindy Zatlokowicz
May 14, 2017 paul thiel
May 13, 2017 S Hawthorne
May 13, 2017 Heike B
May 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 10, 2017 suzie stoltz
May 10, 2017 stacy brainard In what universe is this OK?
May 10, 2017 Carol Borota
May 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 9, 2017 Jessica Black
May 9, 2017 Robert Burns
May 9, 2017 Richard Lebon
May 9, 2017 Leo Alonzo
May 9, 2017 Lora Hamman
May 9, 2017 Shirley Petersen
May 9, 2017 Terry Anderson
May 8, 2017 Isabela Calin
May 8, 2017 Barbara Gutierrez
May 8, 2017 Nathalie Cikin
May 6, 2017 Prairie Moser
May 6, 2017 Anita Phillips
May 6, 2017 Karen Peterson
May 5, 2017 Marley Mcdermott
May 5, 2017 Jo Mosley
May 5, 2017 Patricia Kreger
May 5, 2017 wendy Hawthorne

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