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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

Aug 18, 2017 Anna Mai Van
Aug 15, 2017 Tracy Anger
Aug 15, 2017 Juliane Rocha
Aug 15, 2017 silke kleinhenz
Aug 15, 2017 regina sondej
Aug 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2017 bonnie shelley
Aug 13, 2017 Marcos Carrillo
Aug 13, 2017 G. Tompkins
Aug 12, 2017 judy hayne
Aug 12, 2017 Jieun Bak trash!
Aug 12, 2017 Catherine Kokkinakis
Aug 12, 2017 Mario Rocha
Aug 10, 2017 Mauricio Ross
Aug 10, 2017 Tami Lukachy
Aug 10, 2017 Heather Simpkins
Aug 10, 2017 Virginia Dempsey
Aug 10, 2017 Sarah Volpe
Aug 10, 2017 Inmaculada Martínez
Aug 10, 2017 Helen Torosian
Aug 10, 2017 Nancy Newton
Aug 10, 2017 William Cope
Aug 10, 2017 Tiffany Ash
Aug 9, 2017 Patricia Palmer
Aug 8, 2017 Lea Faulks
Aug 8, 2017 Ed Stechman
Aug 8, 2017 Wendy Abtosway
Aug 8, 2017 Betty jones People who do this are unemotional, lousy trash.
Aug 7, 2017 Corinne White
Aug 2, 2017 Carla Beck
Aug 2, 2017 Marie Marcantonio
Aug 2, 2017 Donna Gilbert
Aug 2, 2017 Ornella Micone
Aug 1, 2017 Barbara Smuts
Jul 31, 2017 Lynnie Neal
Jul 29, 2017 Norma Sutliffe
Jul 29, 2017 Andrea Rohr
Jul 29, 2017 Gill Barlow
Jul 28, 2017 Tiffany Schad
Jul 28, 2017 Kathy Shimata
Jul 28, 2017 Marcella Fierro Shame
Jul 28, 2017 Carolina Nunes
Jul 28, 2017 April Vaughan This shouldn't stop at just posting these pics! STOP THE SLAUGHTER!
Jul 28, 2017 serge gendron
Jul 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2017 Ash Rawal
Jul 28, 2017 Tara Spires
Jul 28, 2017 Kathy Woods
Jul 27, 2017 Maryann LaNew
Jul 27, 2017 Heather DeMartino

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