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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

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
Apr 5, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
Apr 5, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 5, 2018 Darrin Bower
Apr 5, 2018 Siegrid Berman
Apr 2, 2018 Belinda McDonald
Apr 2, 2018 Martha Vest
Apr 2, 2018 Monika Saluter
Apr 2, 2018 Nicole Lee-Faith
Apr 2, 2018 Karin Zimmermann
Mar 30, 2018 m bradburn
Mar 30, 2018 Tallyana Knight
Mar 29, 2018 Julie Hansen
Mar 29, 2018 cathy king
Mar 29, 2018 Sarah Chi
Mar 29, 2018 inge nespolon
Mar 29, 2018 Richard Han
Mar 29, 2018 rudolf muehl
Mar 28, 2018 Amedeo Scircoli
Mar 28, 2018 cynthia sloan
Mar 28, 2018 lydia zink
Mar 27, 2018 Angela LaRochelle
Mar 27, 2018 Angela Hembroff
Mar 27, 2018 Olga Sebok
Mar 27, 2018 Marion Nüssel
Mar 27, 2018 Marty Hredzak
Mar 27, 2018 Michele Costa
Mar 27, 2018 Ashley Cascante
Mar 27, 2018 Lina Guerrero
Mar 27, 2018 beatrice wassermann-otto
Mar 27, 2018 Paul Foulger
Mar 27, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Mar 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 26, 2018 Laila Sunde
Mar 26, 2018 Ellen Gurtner
Mar 26, 2018 Susanne Stachel

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