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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

Feb 19, 2018 Lisa Williams
Feb 19, 2018 Katerina Voutinopoulou
Feb 19, 2018 Denise Christian
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 Audrey Glenski
Feb 17, 2018 Meghan Fialkoff
Feb 17, 2018 Bern Dra
Feb 17, 2018 John Chambers
Feb 17, 2018 Andrew Williams
Feb 16, 2018 ANA ALEMAN
Feb 16, 2018 Mindy Schech
Feb 16, 2018 Kim Svien
Feb 15, 2018 Jo Mosley
Feb 15, 2018 Viola White
Feb 15, 2018 Mr and Mrs Richard N. Huff
Feb 15, 2018 Matías Fuertes
Feb 14, 2018 Tara Schuneman
Feb 14, 2018 Carol Felicello
Feb 14, 2018 Lili Shintani
Feb 14, 2018 maria lopez
Feb 14, 2018 Jane Chin
Feb 14, 2018 tara labrie
Feb 13, 2018 Erica Connolly
Feb 13, 2018 John Burgess
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2018 Keith Cliver If you continue to allow these images you are complicit in cruelty, torture & barbaric practices.
Feb 12, 2018 Victoria Salter
Feb 12, 2018 Vatrina Faudree
Feb 11, 2018 Susan Bortolussi
Feb 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 Nalini Persad Stop this. Stop..Stop
Feb 10, 2018 Stacey Cannon
Feb 10, 2018 Linda M
Feb 9, 2018 Jane Davidson
Feb 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 7, 2018 Sandy Knudsen
Feb 7, 2018 Paola Donata Zanin
Feb 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2018 Flora Pino García
Feb 3, 2018 Doris Schaefer
Feb 3, 2018 Linda Millar
Jan 30, 2018 June Macy
Jan 30, 2018 Jack Martin
Jan 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2018 Annabelle Travis
Jan 28, 2018 COLINDA KRAM
Jan 27, 2018 Natasha Murray I’m so angry that Instagram doesn’t deem animal cruelty as abusive violent. She you search ‘cat’ you don’t expect to see a tortured animal!
Jan 24, 2018 margaret frest
Jan 23, 2018 Lens Lucas

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