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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

Feb 14, 2018 Lisa Seidner
Feb 14, 2018 aya oda
Feb 12, 2018 Jennifer Rasmussen
Feb 11, 2018 Janet Filemyr
Feb 11, 2018 marianne cresci
Feb 11, 2018 April Kohles
Feb 11, 2018 James Deep
Feb 11, 2018 Toby Cardoso
Feb 11, 2018 Kati Sonnenburg
Feb 5, 2018 H M Blackburn
Feb 5, 2018 Jane Davidson
Feb 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 4, 2018 whitney hendrix
Feb 1, 2018 Lesley Thomas
Jan 29, 2018 Patrice GARCIA
Jan 27, 2018 Chris Stukesbary Amen! Susan S.
Jan 27, 2018 Eileen Kulp
Jan 20, 2018 Lou McMullen
Jan 20, 2018 susan shawket These evil moronic savages should be brought to justice. STOP them from bragging about the animals they've murdered.TROPHY HUNTING should be illegal worldwide before animals are hunted to extinction.
Jan 18, 2018 Julia Edinger
Jan 18, 2018 Christina Konle
Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 8, 2018 Joy Smiley
Jan 7, 2018 eric archambault
Jan 5, 2018 Deborah Bell
Jan 2, 2018 Patricia Vineski
Jan 2, 2018 Jo Ardell
Dec 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 21, 2017 Dominique SOUARE
Dec 19, 2017 Tj Pitts
Dec 17, 2017 charmaine macdonald
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 12, 2017 Sieglinda Preez
Dec 10, 2017 Cynthia Rutledge
Dec 4, 2017 regula HESS
Dec 2, 2017 Alena Bogdanova
Nov 29, 2017 mary checketts we have enough gross asses out there dont need more to think that they can kill and have there stinken faces put out there
Nov 26, 2017 Pablo Bobe
Nov 21, 2017 Gerri Petersen
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) I'm against animal cruelty, abuse, neglect, & extinction.
Nov 20, 2017 Lane Herman
Nov 19, 2017 Elise McCoubrie
Nov 19, 2017 J.B. Picot
Nov 19, 2017 J Barney
Nov 19, 2017 Graham Coia
Nov 19, 2017 Elaine Alfaro
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 19, 2017 Pamela Babcock Not interested anymore in signing up for instagram
Nov 19, 2017 Naomi Sobo

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