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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

Jun 20, 2018 Tina Watkins
Jun 20, 2018 Wendy Lukowitz
Jun 20, 2018 Rodney Kolar
Jun 20, 2018 Gloria SCIANDRA
Jun 19, 2018 Beverly. Speirs
Jun 19, 2018 Julie Whitfield
Jun 19, 2018 Sarah Barrett This is shocking, instagram needs to take responsibility and STOP promoting this horrific sickening abuse.
Jun 19, 2018 Rachel Peterson
Jun 19, 2018 Elena Sorokina
Jun 19, 2018 Judi Luthy
Jun 19, 2018 CASSIE ROWELL
Jun 19, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Jun 19, 2018 Megan Pearlman
Jun 19, 2018 Karen Pecsok
Jun 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2018 David Korte violence is violence. Why do you have no restriction to violent pictures involving animals killed, tortured, and trafficked. This is not appropriate to post on IG.
Jun 19, 2018 J Trainor
Jun 18, 2018 Vicki Peters
Jun 18, 2018 Michelle Dingman
Jun 18, 2018 Allison Kleon
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Baer
Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 17, 2018 Leslie Low
Jun 17, 2018 Debbie Christner
Jun 17, 2018 Will Evans
Jun 17, 2018 Irma Roman
Jun 16, 2018 Renee Barber Do we show euthanasia films do we watch when our loved take their last breath and show the world no one needs to see more violence isn’t there enough already at the theater and news?:(
Jun 16, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 16, 2018 Deborah Voves
Jun 16, 2018 Patricia Dangle
Jun 14, 2018 Debbie Strickland
Jun 12, 2018 Angie Hyde
Jun 11, 2018 Daniel Hjermitslev Show those hunters xd
Jun 10, 2018 Sophie Avoustin
Jun 10, 2018 Thomas friedman
Jun 10, 2018 Jill Tew
Jun 8, 2018 Kristen Guarino
Jun 8, 2018 Lori O'Dell
Jun 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2018 Anita Carter
Jun 7, 2018 Karen Myers
Jun 7, 2018 Susannah Biggs
Jun 7, 2018 Sharon Fulks
Jun 7, 2018 michelle dorado
Jun 5, 2018 Amanda Sauceda
Jun 5, 2018 carole MASSENET
Jun 4, 2018 Ashley K
Jun 4, 2018 Mollie Vreeland
Jun 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2018 Tara Daylami

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