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Goal: 30,000 Progress: 18,887
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

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 Virgil Pauls
Aug 13, 2018 loredana paba
Aug 13, 2018 Yolanda Kinlock
Aug 13, 2018 Marsha Tregloan
Aug 13, 2018 Toni Peters
Aug 13, 2018 Charlotte Frampton
Aug 13, 2018 Melanie Mattick
Aug 13, 2018 Lorryn Young Posting such abuses of animals only adds to the frenzy of those who choose to elect violence in extreme forms. They can "achieve" more publicity by being able to show it on Instagram.
Aug 13, 2018 Maryann Spanski Far as I'm concerned these people are murders!
Aug 13, 2018 Deborah Searles
Aug 13, 2018 Martha Nuno
Aug 13, 2018 Carol Edgerton
Aug 13, 2018 Dilhara Soyza
Aug 13, 2018 Mary Mendez I feel sorry for men that kill animals. When they get to the point of having to kill an animal because they can no longer function as men. Or maybe they just don't like getting laid. Pathetic.
Aug 13, 2018 socorro elias
Aug 13, 2018 Larry Carradine
Aug 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2018 Karen Beckner
Aug 13, 2018 Janae Bailie
Aug 13, 2018 Vangelis Seitanidis
Aug 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2018 Tammy Gregg
Aug 13, 2018 Lynne Burnell
Aug 13, 2018 Heather Alexander
Aug 13, 2018 Debra Lamb
Aug 13, 2018 Catherine Favre
Aug 13, 2018 Jamie Lyons
Aug 13, 2018 Angela Abbassi
Aug 13, 2018 Phoebe Kim CEO’s have a responsibility to instill ethics in their business culture. They can’t just stop being involved after the profits roll into their bank account. They owe it to the public and animals we share this earth with to stand up for animal welfare!
Aug 13, 2018 DIANNA OCHOA
Aug 13, 2018 Nikki Wilkins
Aug 13, 2018 Nicole Gardner
Aug 13, 2018 Dottie Herendon
Aug 13, 2018 Lynn Medeiros These beautiful creatures need to be seen and admired ALIVE, not as a trophy on someone's wall. Please stop the killing of these magnificent animals.
Aug 13, 2018 simone santos
Aug 13, 2018 Johanna Cintron
Aug 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2018 Corey Barnes
Aug 13, 2018 Sally Sharp
Aug 12, 2018 Anne Carroll Marshall
Aug 12, 2018 Irina Zadiran
Aug 12, 2018 Trish Sanford
Aug 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 12, 2018 Charlotte Vrancart
Aug 12, 2018 Dale Storms
Aug 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 12, 2018 Patricia Granatelli
Aug 12, 2018 Elisha Bet Disgusting! If you want to shoot something, buy a camera!
Aug 12, 2018 Lynn Franklin
Aug 12, 2018 Deborah Albin

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