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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

Aug 17, 2018 Irene Macdonald
Aug 16, 2018 Cynthia Black It's sickening, I just saw a video of a skin and bones dog with kind eyes chained to a truck, trembling men gathered around him. The dog was emaciated. You should not only not allow this, if one slips through you need to find out where these dogs are.
Aug 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2018 Catherine RUDOLF NNAJI
Aug 15, 2018 Alex Stall
Aug 15, 2018 Kristi Teske
Aug 15, 2018 Nichole Canino Mellerke
Aug 15, 2018 MARIA VEIGA
Aug 15, 2018 Ann Marie Sardineer
Aug 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2018 Katarzyna Kirkalo
Aug 14, 2018 Paula Ervin Please stop this.
Aug 14, 2018 Rob Smiley I hope your gun jams next time your're out there. Make it a level playing field!
Aug 14, 2018 Victoria Pollock
Aug 14, 2018 Almut Knecht
Aug 14, 2018 Carolyn Green
Aug 14, 2018 Diane Krawec
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Dirk Hesse No sick psycho cowards on instagram
Aug 14, 2018 Alison James No photos of troph hunters with the shot animal. No glory, nothing to brag about at all!
Aug 14, 2018 Belinda Bolden
Aug 14, 2018 Frida Casellati
Aug 14, 2018 Anna Rita Centura
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 katerina ondryasova
Aug 14, 2018 Cindy Davis Trophy hunting should be illegal if you kill an animal just for the hide or just for the look when you should go to jail. I can understand needing meat but I don't understand this idiot who thinks he's so amazing!!!
Aug 14, 2018 Alena Bogdanova
Aug 14, 2018 Lori Bryant
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

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