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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

Apr 23, 2018 Annie Krochmalny
Apr 23, 2018 Sandia Germenis
Apr 22, 2018 Michele Villeneuve
Apr 22, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 22, 2018 Rita Willis
Apr 22, 2018 Bob Willis
Apr 22, 2018 Bob Hickford
Apr 22, 2018 Rose Hickford
Apr 21, 2018 Cate Abicht
Apr 21, 2018 Rita Council I strongly agree!!!! These people are monsters, murderers and cold blooded with no heart or compassion for animals!!!!
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) This has to stop. Please prohibit these images from being posted.
Apr 20, 2018 Victoria Apodaca
Apr 19, 2018 Michele Murphy
Apr 17, 2018 Brian Adams
Apr 17, 2018 Brandi Jung
Apr 15, 2018 Maryanna Moskal
Apr 15, 2018 Debra Terranova
Apr 15, 2018 Barbara Buckley
Apr 15, 2018 Cheryl Martin
Apr 15, 2018 Robert Zampino
Apr 15, 2018 Lizzie Birkett
Apr 14, 2018 Fawn Mcconnell
Apr 14, 2018 Lisa Carrara
Apr 14, 2018 Valerya Nikanorova
Apr 14, 2018 Jesse Gennarelli
Apr 14, 2018 Donna Larschan
Apr 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2018 John Wedin
Apr 14, 2018 Roberto Pauli
Apr 13, 2018 Amanda Bunger
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) I once accidently came across a video of a man beating his dog, hitting him in the head with his closed fist, while the dog lay limp in his lap while his friend recorded the entire thing until the dog died. I cannot get the images out of my head.
Apr 13, 2018 Becky Turnbull
Apr 13, 2018 Racquel Colinares
Apr 13, 2018 Lisa Whitaker
Apr 13, 2018 Melissajane john
Apr 13, 2018 Barbara Ellis
Apr 13, 2018 Theresa Simpson
Apr 13, 2018 Cindy Grove
Apr 13, 2018 Lisa Hammermeister
Apr 13, 2018 Nicolette Stan
Apr 13, 2018 Rebecca Lambert
Apr 13, 2018 Michaël Neujean
Apr 13, 2018 Cecilia Rivas
Apr 13, 2018 joni moretti
Apr 13, 2018 Kelly Davidson
Apr 13, 2018 Ann Pogue This is barbaric and utterly disgraceful to kill a beautiful animal and then pose with it for a picture. Horrible!!!
Apr 13, 2018 Paolo Bitelli
Apr 13, 2018 Donna Lampkin
Apr 13, 2018 Kate Evans
Apr 13, 2018 ISABEL SOBRAL

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