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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

Dec 13, 2017 Dana Kuehl
Dec 13, 2017 Diane Summerville Websites that allow these criminal activities to be entered on any social media should be against the law as these posts encourage this type of action. What type of people are we that we destroy an animals life. Are we that barbaric, selfish.
Dec 12, 2017 Wendy Derner
Dec 12, 2017 Kelli Kristan
Dec 12, 2017 ANNA BARRANCO
Dec 11, 2017 Yuriy Trubitsyn
Dec 9, 2017 Irene Gratacos
Dec 8, 2017 Candace Russell
Dec 3, 2017 Elena Samoylova
Dec 3, 2017 Eileen Kulp
Dec 2, 2017 barbara gale
Dec 2, 2017 massimo marchesini
Dec 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 29, 2017 Amanda Huppert
Nov 28, 2017 SERGIO ANTON
Nov 27, 2017 Edwin Rodriguez I wish all that like to kill for sport only get a taste of their own medicine.
Nov 27, 2017 Diane Webster
Nov 26, 2017 Brian Paulus
Nov 26, 2017 Candice Paulus
Nov 26, 2017 Ligia Castillo
Nov 23, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 22, 2017 Natalia Drzewicka
Nov 22, 2017 Kristel Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Trisha Soles
Nov 22, 2017 dolores kitney
Nov 22, 2017 Lynne Minore
Nov 22, 2017 e Stephenson
Nov 22, 2017 sue grange
Nov 22, 2017 Brin Cunningham
Nov 22, 2017 Becky Hawkins
Nov 22, 2017 Dianne Dungay
Nov 22, 2017 Siara Lara
Nov 21, 2017 janet phail-droege
Nov 21, 2017 Yeshe Thomasch
Nov 20, 2017 Kat Lang
Nov 19, 2017 aya oda
Nov 19, 2017 Aziza Smith
Nov 19, 2017 Beverly Schwarz
Nov 18, 2017 kate brown
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Juliet Hogg Grow up! Idiots!!
Nov 18, 2017 Carolyn Francis
Nov 18, 2017 Patty Brothag
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
Nov 17, 2017 Anne Prost
Nov 17, 2017 S G
Nov 17, 2017 Kathryn Nathan
Nov 17, 2017 sonia salgueiro
Nov 16, 2017 Toni Ostroskie
Nov 16, 2017 Donna Quagline

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