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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

Oct 21, 2017 Cynthia Rutledge
Oct 21, 2017 janet smith
Oct 20, 2017 Kristin Womack
Oct 20, 2017 Karin Bennett
Oct 20, 2017 siska juliana
Oct 20, 2017 Angi Beckett
Oct 20, 2017 Christina Brown
Oct 20, 2017 Monica Preis
Oct 20, 2017 Linda Romano
Oct 20, 2017 Tina Tine'
Oct 20, 2017 Dianne Lynch
Oct 20, 2017 maryse fioramonti
Oct 20, 2017 Diann Hackett
Oct 19, 2017 Winifred Boyd
Oct 19, 2017 Kimberly Boden
Oct 19, 2017 Patti Wolff
Oct 19, 2017 Annette Bartlett
Oct 19, 2017 Deborah Croft
Oct 19, 2017 Janice Taylor
Oct 19, 2017 Staci Anderson
Oct 19, 2017 Gina Arens
Oct 19, 2017 r o vanstien
Oct 19, 2017 Regilyn Ewangan
Oct 19, 2017 Patricia Ferguson
Oct 19, 2017 Jen Houston
Oct 19, 2017 Marian Lewis Who thinks killing any animal is a cool thing? By permitting brutal images of abuse and cruelty to animals to be distributed across Instagram, such behavior is being normalized. Please, stop this now, don't let it continue.
Oct 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2017 annita nubbins
Oct 17, 2017 Kathryn Fulp
Oct 16, 2017 Sheila Massoni I'd love to see pics of the animals killing the hunters and poachers people that do this are sick non human evil creeps
Oct 16, 2017 shana Smith
Oct 16, 2017 Lucille Powell
Oct 16, 2017 Allen Vergakis
Oct 14, 2017 Andrea Vos
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 13, 2017 Simon Clarke
Oct 13, 2017 Davia Martin
Oct 12, 2017 Dana Wishengrad
Oct 12, 2017 Jennifer Parsons
Oct 12, 2017 andree luron
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) Don't give violence power through attention!
Oct 12, 2017 Haley Svec
Oct 12, 2017 Alessandra Paolini
Oct 11, 2017 paula nichols
Oct 11, 2017 Saba Alemayehu
Oct 11, 2017 kaydee lewis
Oct 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2017 Jamie Polczynski
Oct 10, 2017 Lynn Stary

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