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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

Jun 26, 2017 Jennifer Murray
Jun 26, 2017 Robert Keiser
Jun 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2017 Anneke Swanepoel Please stop depictions of animal abuse and cruelty on Instagram. If you look around you you will see enough pain and cruelty going on right next to you!
Jun 24, 2017 Mona Manera
Jun 24, 2017 Nathan Fisher
Jun 24, 2017 kimiko Yamamoto
Jun 24, 2017 Mary Stallard
Jun 23, 2017 Pam Hilbert
Jun 22, 2017 MaryAnn Bomarito
Jun 22, 2017 evie hager
Jun 22, 2017 Rob Dexter
Jun 22, 2017 Linda Cook
Jun 22, 2017 Beverly Brown
Jun 22, 2017 Carol Phipps
Jun 22, 2017 Mary Ware
Jun 21, 2017 Dawn Turner
Jun 21, 2017 Colette Winslow
Jun 21, 2017 Taryn Geer
Jun 21, 2017 Janet Magdaleno
Jun 21, 2017 Gail Battinelli
Jun 21, 2017 Tamara Miller
Jun 21, 2017 Terri Dustan
Jun 21, 2017 Karen Deckel
Jun 19, 2017 Miia Suuronen
Jun 19, 2017 Marc van de Waarsenburg
Jun 18, 2017 Floyd Grant
Jun 18, 2017 bellinda rolf-jansen
Jun 18, 2017 Lisa Seeley Grrrrrrrrrrrrr
Jun 18, 2017 Patti Hoskins
Jun 17, 2017 Paola Moretti
Jun 17, 2017 Lisa Harding
Jun 16, 2017 Debbi Wood
Jun 16, 2017 arlene m
Jun 16, 2017 catherine mengani
Jun 16, 2017 Jean-François Dutto
Jun 16, 2017 Jeanne Dutto
Jun 16, 2017 SuAnn Martinez
Jun 15, 2017 Karst Dutto
Jun 15, 2017 Ileana Lopez
Jun 15, 2017 Richard Schulte
Jun 14, 2017 johann meza
Jun 13, 2017 Anne Smith
Jun 13, 2017 Karen McHugh
Jun 13, 2017 Christine Saranchuk
Jun 13, 2017 Vaughna Vananda
Jun 13, 2017 JODI ABEL
Jun 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 11, 2017 Richard Svensson
Jun 11, 2017 Glynn Fletcher

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