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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

Sep 22, 2017 Carol Wellman
Sep 22, 2017 Monika Klewe
Sep 22, 2017 Deborah Kogan
Sep 22, 2017 Christine Harmer
Sep 22, 2017 Mary Hunt
Sep 22, 2017 Linda Mattice
Sep 22, 2017 Lily Wong
Sep 22, 2017 Ona Youmans
Sep 22, 2017 Susan Rausch
Sep 20, 2017 Debbie mccall
Sep 19, 2017 Rita Council
Sep 19, 2017 Kenneth Canty
Sep 19, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 18, 2017 Bonnie Svec
Sep 18, 2017 Lorna Wallach
Sep 18, 2017 Franca Faustini
Sep 18, 2017 Holly Dixon
Sep 18, 2017 Maxine Holloway
Sep 18, 2017 Lee Fister
Sep 18, 2017 Xanti Dolittle
Sep 16, 2017 Joanne Raby
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Sep 11, 2017 Liliana Elliot
Sep 9, 2017 Cinzia Moore
Sep 7, 2017 Elizabeth Livengood
Sep 6, 2017 Carol BECK
Sep 5, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 5, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 3, 2017 Jameson Sachs
Sep 3, 2017 Brenda Goldman More shameful animal exploitation. Instagram, enforce your agreement and stop allowing Instagram from being used to show violence against animals.
Sep 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2017 Phillippa Hilsden
Aug 31, 2017 Dorothy Labi
Aug 31, 2017 Debbie Meadows
Aug 31, 2017 Sandra Schomberg Pleas stop giving these a**holes attention and stop this terrible 'sport'!!
Aug 31, 2017 Doris Bulenda
Aug 31, 2017 Angie LeMaster
Aug 31, 2017 Kim Hanke
Aug 31, 2017 Wanda Majeski
Aug 31, 2017 Yves Decargouet
Aug 31, 2017 Isabel Sobral
Aug 29, 2017 Alyssa Oggiono
Aug 27, 2017 Linda Jones
Aug 25, 2017 Tammy Cunningham
Aug 24, 2017 Lynn Miller
Aug 23, 2017 Gillian Lee
Aug 23, 2017 Jill Chiappini Hard to believe there are such people in the world, let alone those who choose to display their cruelty and barbarism. One would expect them to be ashamed!
Aug 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2017 Shona Steere
Aug 22, 2017 Judith Mayhew

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