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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

Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 Rosalinde Katz
Jul 21, 2018 Amy Wolfberg
Jul 21, 2018 Susan Verser
Jul 21, 2018 F Bean
Jul 20, 2018 MacKenzie Serpe
Jul 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2018 Nancy Willetts
Jul 19, 2018 Cecelia Furman
Jul 19, 2018 Ceyda Kienle
Jul 19, 2018 Ken Stein
Jul 19, 2018 jaleh gautreaux
Jul 19, 2018 Kathy Harris
Jul 19, 2018 Laura Link
Jul 17, 2018 marie blanche brabant
Jul 17, 2018 Ryan McKenzie
Jul 9, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jul 8, 2018 Victor/Carol Ignaczak
Jul 5, 2018 Harold and Georgi Mortensen
Jul 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 30, 2018 Lois Roach
Jun 30, 2018 Fabian Müller
Jun 29, 2018 Lyn Short
Jun 29, 2018 Linda Serio
Jun 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2018 graciela rodriguez-sero
Jun 29, 2018 ashley erdmann
Jun 29, 2018 David DeWitt
Jun 29, 2018 Betty Kowall
Jun 29, 2018 Elayna Kotsaftis
Jun 26, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 17, 2018 Tamara Knoll
Jun 17, 2018 Alexei Zelig
Jun 17, 2018 Sue Nusbaum
Jun 17, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Jun 8, 2018 Kathy Dorr
Jun 8, 2018 Ana Chen
Jun 8, 2018 Elizabeth Chang
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra Kuschel
Jun 7, 2018 Nena Cook showing such only puts spotlite on the perp so just stop doing it Wake UP!
May 30, 2018 Richard Bosboom
May 30, 2018 Richard Bosboom
May 30, 2018 Harriet Shalat
May 29, 2018 Sally Wynn
May 28, 2018 Leisa Baumann
May 27, 2018 Kim DelMonico
May 27, 2018 Madeleine Gläser
May 26, 2018 Nina Carey

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