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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

Oct 18, 2017 Cathy Dennler
Oct 18, 2017 Jim Schumann
Oct 16, 2017 Terri Robb
Oct 14, 2017 doris gonen
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 14, 2017 harpreet suri
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 13, 2017 Michelle Sarnoski
Oct 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 13, 2017 Giovanna Martinez
Oct 13, 2017 María Jose Saenz
Oct 13, 2017 Cassie Alford
Oct 13, 2017 Linda Burrows
Oct 12, 2017 Lillian Kraemer
Oct 12, 2017 Patricia Giannascoli
Oct 12, 2017 Tessa Young
Oct 11, 2017 Susan Hildreth
Oct 11, 2017 Sharon Cohen
Oct 10, 2017 Antonia Vassila
Oct 9, 2017 Elaine Yannuzzi
Oct 2, 2017 Mary Demarest-Paraan
Oct 2, 2017 mary bo Firmate
Oct 2, 2017 Alberto Manna
Oct 2, 2017 ivana carrozzi
Oct 2, 2017 Jo Ann Beatty
Oct 2, 2017 jude lotz
Oct 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 2, 2017 Josy Canova
Oct 2, 2017 Camille Barron
Oct 2, 2017 Jodi Malitsky
Oct 2, 2017 tamara PAKHOMOVA
Oct 2, 2017 alessandra manzati
Oct 2, 2017 Lorenzo Buson
Oct 2, 2017 MARA MILANO
Oct 2, 2017 Barbara Rosa
Oct 1, 2017 beatrice ruzzene
Oct 1, 2017 Karen Carson
Oct 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2017 Gisella D'Amico
Oct 1, 2017 Claudia Rossi
Oct 1, 2017 Lisa Pavesi
Oct 1, 2017 Stefano Arrighi
Oct 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2017 Samantha Medda
Oct 1, 2017 Anne Marie Grandjean Van Kerckhoven STOP !!! No more hunting ! No more trophies !
Oct 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2017 Laurence Volbart
Sep 30, 2017 Jeanne Bradbury
Sep 29, 2017 Sherryll Shaddock

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