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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

Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 catia mariani
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 norma graciela varrone cancio
Jan 13, 2018 Sheri Nolen
Jan 13, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jan 12, 2018 Judy johnston
Jan 11, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 11, 2018 Margo Salone
Jan 6, 2018 Beth Hukill
Jan 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 6, 2018 Davina Lee
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2018 Donna Tanner
Jan 4, 2018 Sandra Tucker
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2018 Harald Geiger
Jan 3, 2018 Manuela Werthwein
Jan 3, 2018 Jessie Bowen
Jan 2, 2018 s w
Dec 29, 2017 Bonnie Reeves
Dec 28, 2017 Emel Ayaz
Dec 27, 2017 Linda Diers
Dec 27, 2017 Taylor Harkness
Dec 27, 2017 Michael Du preez
Dec 25, 2017 Kerisa Morrison why have rules if you're not going to enforce them? smh
Dec 25, 2017 Jackee Goforth
Dec 24, 2017 Diane Best
Dec 23, 2017 Annie Hatzakorzian
Dec 22, 2017 michelle smith
Dec 22, 2017 Iris Sinai
Dec 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 21, 2017 Beatrice Zuin
Dec 21, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 18, 2017 Tracy Arcure
Dec 17, 2017 Noreen Newmark
Dec 16, 2017 Ms. Jonnie Allert
Dec 16, 2017 Valeria Ceron
Dec 16, 2017 Anna Rossini
Dec 16, 2017 Helen Auzins
Dec 13, 2017 Dana Kuehl
Dec 13, 2017 Diane Summerville Websites that allow these criminal activities to be entered on any social media should be against the law as these posts encourage this type of action. What type of people are we that we destroy an animals life. Are we that barbaric, selfish.
Dec 12, 2017 Wendy Derner
Dec 12, 2017 Kelli Kristan
Dec 12, 2017 ANNA BARRANCO
Dec 11, 2017 Yuriy Trubitsyn
Dec 9, 2017 Irene Gratacos
Dec 8, 2017 Candace Russell

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