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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

Sep 19, 2017 Sapphire Trujillo
Sep 19, 2017 Susan Walsh
Sep 17, 2017 Meghan Croyts This is why I will never use Instagram!
Sep 17, 2017 PJ Chambers Why do you think I don't become an Instagram user?
Sep 17, 2017 Geralyn & Michael Frishman
Sep 16, 2017 Nina Carey
Sep 16, 2017 kathleen michael
Sep 16, 2017 Jacqueline Tay
Sep 16, 2017 amrita biswas
Sep 15, 2017 T van Nieuwland
Sep 15, 2017 Wanda Majeski
Sep 15, 2017 Jeannette remak Listen you want to be Rama of the Jungle the great hunter, go buy a video and enjoy, leave the wildlife alone! They are so few in number now because of idiots that maintain their MANHOOD by killing God's creatures. Stop it and try saving something !
Sep 15, 2017 Jacqueline Peter
Sep 15, 2017 Lisa Scharin Serial killers-low lifes, sadistic, demented, psychos. Research shows people who abuse/kill animals go on to abuse/kill humans-like Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, David Berkowitz, John DeSalvo & others. Enough species are endangered-over 2000-ENOUGH! STOP!
Sep 14, 2017 Lin Oliver
Sep 14, 2017 Scarlet Long, R.N. YOU emotional subnormals!!!!!
Sep 14, 2017 Joke Brussen
Sep 14, 2017 Shari Whitener
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 14, 2017 Dawn Barber
Sep 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2017 Mary Galiani
Sep 13, 2017 Richard Han
Sep 13, 2017 Gillian Lee
Sep 13, 2017 Sherry Frey-Brown
Sep 13, 2017 Paula Pucharella
Sep 13, 2017 John Berkland
Sep 13, 2017 Cindy Lee
Sep 13, 2017 Shannah Tenner
Sep 13, 2017 jackie lewthwaite
Sep 13, 2017 Petrine Day Mitchum
Sep 13, 2017 Spasenic Lacramioara
Sep 12, 2017 Raleigh koritz
Sep 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) Stop it now.
Sep 11, 2017 Deana Conklin
Sep 11, 2017 Linette Nice
Sep 11, 2017 Ilse DePriest
Sep 11, 2017 drue cali
Sep 11, 2017 Trixie Santos
Sep 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2017 Sharon gooding
Sep 10, 2017 Yip Ko Yuen
Sep 9, 2017 Renata Allocco
Sep 9, 2017 Stevie littrell
Sep 8, 2017 Michelle Giordano
Sep 8, 2017 Krystal Burroughs
Sep 7, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 6, 2017 Tami Lukachy
Sep 6, 2017 Mary O'Malley

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