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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

Jul 22, 2018 Terri Hughes
Jul 21, 2018 DEBRA WILSON
Jul 20, 2018 jmeterFirstName jmeterLastName jmeterComment
Jul 20, 2018 Tina Petrunka
Jul 20, 2018 karen reedy
Jul 20, 2018 angelina urbani
Jul 19, 2018 jmeterFirstName jmeterLastName jmeterComment
Jul 19, 2018 Marianna Davis
Jul 19, 2018 harriet shamblin
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 Octavia Salerno
Jul 19, 2018 Lola Schiefelbein
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName654889030098403 jmetetlastName435382354984727 jmeterComment9385
Jul 18, 2018 Melissa Berkebile
Jul 18, 2018 melissa whiting
Jul 18, 2018 Erin Johnson
Jul 18, 2018 Ansena Drinkwater
Jul 18, 2018 Ursula Bayer
Jul 18, 2018 Lisa Gaudiosi The only way I can agree with posting is if it can be used as proof when prosecuting for animal abuse
Jul 18, 2018 Nancy Millhorn
Jul 17, 2018 emma rugari
Jul 17, 2018 Amie Harrison
Jul 17, 2018 Jennifer Rathburn
Jul 17, 2018 Sahsha States
Jul 17, 2018 bev errington
Jul 17, 2018 Joyce Frievalt Get. This. Off. NOW!
Jul 17, 2018 Marsha Cruea
Jul 17, 2018 Mary O'Neil
Jul 17, 2018 Cynthia Elsensohn
Jul 17, 2018 Leora Reeves
Jul 17, 2018 Karen Supplee Animals are not thropies!
Jul 17, 2018 Lucille Decaria
Jul 17, 2018 Jaci Taylor What is wrong with people? This "man" makes me sick!
Jul 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2018 Phillippa Hilsden Animal murdering scumbag in the photo!
Jul 17, 2018 Elaine Coburn
Jul 17, 2018 sharon porter
Jul 17, 2018 Eliza Johnson
Jul 17, 2018 Evelyn Kocket Disgusting that some individuals need to kill animals and post it on social media websites. These people have psychological problems.
Jul 17, 2018 Oliver McGinnis I'm sick of reporting images of dead animals and being told it "doesn't violate their community guidelines" get your act together, instagram.
Jul 17, 2018 Kelly Solomon
Jul 17, 2018 susan barta
Jul 17, 2018 Michaela Estes
Jul 17, 2018 Maureen Ebner
Jul 17, 2018 Laura McGhie The photo here makes me vomit. WHO ARE THESE EVIL MONSTERS ??!!! No one that I know could do this. Beautiful, innocent and dignified animals treated like dirt. I am sick and tired of this. MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO MURDER THEM.
Jul 17, 2018 Michelle Sibinovic
Jul 16, 2018 Penny Nostrand
Jul 16, 2018 Katherine Tuttle
Jul 15, 2018 FIONA whittaker this is wrong as its sending out the message that needless killing and wasting these beautiful animal's lives is OK, when it is comepletely wrong !
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed

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