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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

Mar 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2018 Mary Pielstick
Mar 20, 2018 Linda Borner
Mar 20, 2018 Lothar Schmidt
Mar 20, 2018 Ursula Bellof
Mar 20, 2018 Karola Windweh
Mar 20, 2018 Nancy Walsh
Mar 20, 2018 CAROL BECK
Mar 18, 2018 Elena Palka
Mar 18, 2018 Mike Dollard
Mar 18, 2018 Staci Wade Animal killers should be shot and die a slow painful death and bit by a venomous snake named Tiny
Mar 18, 2018 Lesley Adamson These postings are displays of cruelty and animal abuse and do not deserve to be on social media. This is bad role modelling.
Mar 17, 2018 Shelly Covington
Mar 17, 2018 Donna Honey
Mar 17, 2018 Edward FLOUNOY
Mar 17, 2018 Sandra Cobb
Mar 17, 2018 Mary Rand
Mar 17, 2018 Lisa Algee
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 17, 2018 Gail Hanford
Mar 17, 2018 Michael Mueller
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 16, 2018 Jim Murphy
Mar 16, 2018 mariana schuman
Mar 16, 2018 elizabeth boroff
Mar 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2018 Lynn Stillman
Mar 15, 2018 Lisa Hills
Mar 15, 2018 Krystina Boyle
Mar 15, 2018 Angela Danzik
Mar 15, 2018 Danuta Baziuk Disgusting Instagram
Mar 15, 2018 Grace Malara-Aiello
Mar 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2018 Brenda Choi
Mar 15, 2018 Susan Briggs
Mar 15, 2018 Susan Davis Mantee
Mar 15, 2018 hEATHER Knowles
Mar 15, 2018 Brian Gottejman SICK AND INHUMANE
Mar 15, 2018 gretchen roberson
Mar 15, 2018 William Schultz
Mar 15, 2018 Christine Brazzell
Mar 15, 2018 Darlene Bowman
Mar 15, 2018 Karen Haggar Really? this world can be a really ugly play sometimes
Mar 14, 2018 M Lopez This makes my blood boil. I can't even read this petition. This piece of crap better not be a part of the armed forces because he's an F'n disgrace!!
Mar 14, 2018 Nathalie LAZAREVSKI
Mar 14, 2018 Carla Montes
Mar 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 13, 2018 Kristy Highley
Mar 13, 2018 Lucy Kelly

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