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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 23, 2018 Steve Dale
May 23, 2018 Joyce Coogan
May 22, 2018 Shellie Vann-Volk
May 22, 2018 Lori Grochowski
May 22, 2018 Roberta R Czarnecki
May 22, 2018 Theresa Rose
May 22, 2018 S Sinclaire There is nothing to brag about in abusing or killing our beautiful animals and mostly endangered wildlife. Keep these off of Instagram, or any other online media. Stop this violence and STOP THE INSANITY!
May 22, 2018 LINDA FANCHER
May 21, 2018 Starr Christ
May 21, 2018 Danny Castori
May 21, 2018 Lisa Iannucci
May 21, 2018 christine resch This would be a huge step in the mission to stop animal cruelty. There is absolutely nothing appealing, amusing, interesting or humane about posting animal cruelty. Those posting it should be prosecuted!
May 21, 2018 Jean Diamond
May 21, 2018 Kate Evans
May 21, 2018 Margaret McGullam
May 21, 2018 Marguerite Panzica
May 18, 2018 Kimberly Worman
May 17, 2018 Gloria Navan Please do not promote violence to animals by allowing posts on Instagram. Maybe you could do something positive for animals and be a hero!
May 17, 2018 Marilyn Evenson
May 14, 2018 Gina Tlamsa An abomination, stop it now.
May 13, 2018 Jim Faulks
May 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2018 Becky Tank
May 11, 2018 HELEN JONES
May 9, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
May 9, 2018 Lynne Minore
May 7, 2018 Angelina Manuel save our wildlife. Protect the wolves from the hunters.
May 3, 2018 Linda Millemaci
May 3, 2018 Lisa Saunders
May 2, 2018 Gerald Ryan
Apr 30, 2018 Gabriele Jefferson
Apr 27, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 27, 2018 Diane Jensen Send the message that cruelty is NOT OK!! It is a crime.
Apr 23, 2018 Maria Stonestreet
Apr 22, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Apr 18, 2018 laura haworth
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2018 Suzanne Levi
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 11, 2018 Robert Furem
Apr 10, 2018 Sara Perron The pride taken in killing animals must stop now.
Apr 9, 2018 Garry Taroli
Apr 8, 2018 Brigitte Hecht
Apr 7, 2018 Lucy Kelly
Apr 5, 2018 Casey Jo Remy
Apr 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 5, 2018 Mary Cook
Apr 5, 2018 cynthia ford

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