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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

Aug 13, 2018 Donna Holinej
Aug 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 5, 2018 Deanna Phillips
Aug 4, 2018 Hollie Malamud
Aug 4, 2018 Sisko Jyrälä
Aug 3, 2018 Elva Munro
Aug 3, 2018 Leora Yaffi
Aug 3, 2018 William Schultz
Aug 3, 2018 Audrey Morgan
Aug 3, 2018 Lois Ball
Aug 3, 2018 James Williams
Aug 2, 2018 bheng Cristobal
Aug 2, 2018 Anne Havard
Aug 2, 2018 Renate Letrent
Aug 2, 2018 Christina Patrick
Aug 2, 2018 Kristi Martin
Aug 2, 2018 Evangeline Miranda
Aug 2, 2018 Gail Canzius
Aug 2, 2018 Andrew Weprin
Aug 2, 2018 Margarida Valadao
Aug 2, 2018 DEB PADOVANO
Aug 2, 2018 Pamela Clark
Aug 2, 2018 Graciela Diaz
Aug 2, 2018 Chris Nuzum
Aug 2, 2018 Sandra Bywater-Hoather
Aug 2, 2018 Lin Westler
Aug 2, 2018 Diane Kokowski
Aug 2, 2018 Robert Reed
Aug 2, 2018 Robin Blakesley
Aug 2, 2018 Haley Svec
Aug 2, 2018 Sue Lindley
Aug 2, 2018 Linda Probeck
Aug 2, 2018 Kristy Lacy
Aug 2, 2018 Penny Fleischman
Aug 2, 2018 Lori Arkin
Aug 2, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
Aug 2, 2018 Anna-Lina Levi Please stand by and enforce your policy of not showing violent images on your site. This is heartbreaking and simply not acceptable. It's actually frightening to me personally to see this as it a true visual of the cruelty that people are capable of!
Aug 2, 2018 Angela Joyner
Aug 2, 2018 Jamie Polczynski
Aug 2, 2018 Jeanette Rea
Jul 30, 2018 Mary Schannach
Jul 29, 2018 Wendy Green
Jul 28, 2018 Nelci Lopes da Silva
Jul 28, 2018 Marleen Neus
Jul 27, 2018 Temma Tainow
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 Rosalinde Katz
Jul 21, 2018 Amy Wolfberg
Jul 21, 2018 Susan Verser

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