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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

Mar 25, 2017 Norma Kennerly
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) When people see photos of animal abuse they seem to think it is acceptable. IT IS NOT! Man up and do the right thing!
Mar 25, 2017 Pamela Townsend
Mar 25, 2017 mip clark
Mar 25, 2017 Michelle McCaulley
Mar 25, 2017 Sonia Liskoski this only shows the very worst of humanity
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 tina cohen "Like a mother who protects her child, her only child, with her own life, one should cultivate a heart of unlimited love and compassion towards all living beings". ­ The Buddha
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) Enough is enough. Killing animals is nothing to brag about!
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 Deb Dhillon Allowing these people to boast on social media just makes it worse. ANd it also cause stress and heartache for the animal lovers. We don't want to see this anymore!!!
Mar 24, 2017 Leonie Brown Encouraging this disgusting behaviour by allowing it to be shown must be stopped.
Mar 24, 2017 Cacilda Casartelli
Mar 24, 2017 janet stanwix
Mar 24, 2017 Ane Mane
Mar 24, 2017 Lisa Brehm
Mar 24, 2017 Lynn Garza Instagram, and many other online services have SO much potential. But, as with anything else, there are those who will abuse it and use this media to their greater gain. To be allowed to post ANYTHING that is improper should NOT be allowed.
Mar 24, 2017 Lori Patton
Mar 24, 2017 Victoria Hall
Mar 24, 2017 Cristine Barsanti
Mar 24, 2017 JoLayne Fritz
Mar 24, 2017 Linda Reeves
Mar 24, 2017 Jan Slatter
Mar 24, 2017 Su Knieriemen Disgusting, inhuman and inhumane! WTF is wrong with people today? I'm embarrassed and ashamed to share a species with these non-humans.
Mar 24, 2017 david stanley
Mar 24, 2017 Shannon Taylor
Mar 24, 2017 Marion Sweeney
Mar 24, 2017 Sandra Holbrook
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed) This has to stop and is a total disgrace!
Mar 24, 2017 Carol Radven UGH! ANd even this has a pic of a beautiful animal killed by some jerk!!
Mar 24, 2017 michelle ponton
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed) Trophy hunters have too much money, very little heart and no honor.
Mar 24, 2017 Jeanne Faust
Mar 24, 2017 Julie Carlson Hate seeing it on Face Book too!
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please do not allow people to glorify killing animals for sport.
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 MaryAnn Nedorost
Mar 24, 2017 cheryl holdridge these are despicable people
Mar 24, 2017 Jill Vice
Mar 24, 2017 jay beck
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed) Stop showing these cowards! They are despicable people that do not deserve any attention ever.
Mar 24, 2017 Inbal Hancock
Mar 24, 2017 Diane Sposili
Mar 24, 2017 Scottie Zimmerman I volunteer with shelter animals and donate money to animal welfare groups. Even so, I cannot bear to look at photos of people killing animals with glee or otherwise abusing animals of any kind. Stop showing pictures of cruelty!
Mar 23, 2017 Sylvia Castle This is disgusting!!!!!
Mar 23, 2017 Isaura Vazquez-Reid
Mar 23, 2017 Rolaine Bird
Mar 23, 2017 Cristina Mendes
Mar 23, 2017 Susan Sheridan

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