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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

Mar 27, 2017 Karla de Lima
Mar 27, 2017 GENNY DOMEDI
Mar 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 Niki Papadopoulou
Mar 25, 2017 Fay Tahmassbi
Mar 25, 2017 linda farrar
Mar 25, 2017 Alice VanKoevering
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 Rhoda Slanger
Mar 25, 2017 jackie heaton
Mar 24, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Mar 23, 2017 Janet Edwards
Mar 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2017 Nancy Montgomery
Mar 22, 2017 Sharon Helin
Mar 21, 2017 Paul Dormer
Mar 21, 2017 Connie Cherry
Mar 21, 2017 Betty Ann Altman
Mar 20, 2017 mary first Tell Instagram CEO Keven Systrom to enforce their policy about violent images, and prevent the posting of animal abuse & slaughter!
Mar 20, 2017 J. Scott
Mar 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2017 Tracy Goestenkors
Mar 20, 2017 Mariana Heymans Hunters are cowards !!! They need to be hunted !!
Mar 20, 2017 Jenna Miles
Mar 20, 2017 Jamie Sandusky
Mar 20, 2017 Pia Heyn
Mar 20, 2017 Nancy Connor
Mar 20, 2017 Sheila Ward
Mar 20, 2017 Monty Foley
Mar 20, 2017 Sharon Gillespie
Mar 20, 2017 julie munson
Mar 20, 2017 Becky Packer The acts are disgusting, but the proud display of cruelty is doubly disgusting.
Mar 19, 2017 Diana Noel-Labieniec
Mar 19, 2017 Amber Lopez
Mar 19, 2017 Dorothy Henry
Mar 19, 2017 Louise Simone
Mar 18, 2017 Virginia Ilardi
Mar 18, 2017 Marianna Alexandros
Mar 17, 2017 corinne etancelin
Mar 17, 2017 Ani Tsultrim Wangmo
Mar 17, 2017 Diane Policastro
Mar 17, 2017 pearl wheeler :( :( :( :(
Mar 16, 2017 anita maldonado
Mar 16, 2017 Helen Golding
Mar 16, 2017 Mary White
Mar 15, 2017 Lisa Weston Bialy

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