Ban the Sale of Live Animals on Instagram


Target: Instagram CEO and Co-Founder Kevin Systrom

Goal: Urge the popular social media company Instagram to ban the sale of live animals via its website

Despite the fact that several popular online shopping companies have already banned the sale of live animals via their websites — including Amazon, Craigslist and eBay — the photo-sharing app Instagram continues to permit this irresponsible practice. Employing hashtags such as #dogforsale and #kittentogoodhome, thousands of breeders continue to sell live animals via their personal and professional Instagram accounts.

Not only are mass-breeding facilities incredibly inhumane—animals are often left secluded in small, wire cages for hours, often with little food and water—but for every cat or dog that is born to profit a breeder, a cat or dog in a shelter loses their chance at adoption and must be euthanized. It is estimated that between three to four million cats and dogs are put down every year, even though many of them are healthy, loving creatures.

Allowing the sale of live animals via Instagram also makes it incredibly difficult to determine if the animal is being purchased by a loving, responsible owner who will provide the necessary medical care and social interaction that is often lacking in cruel puppy mills. The impersonal nature of this type of sale can be devastating to the livelihood of the animal.

By signing this petition, you will be urging Instagram to ban the sale of live animals and to help put an end to mass-breeding facilities by encouraging the adoption of animals from local shelters and rescue organizations.


Dear Mr. Systrom,

I was shocked to learn that Instagram still had not prohibited the sale of live animals via its website. Several other leading online companies have already banned this unethical practice, including Amazon, Craigslist and eBay, and I urge Instagram to follow suit.

The majority of the cats and dogs available for sale on Instagram have been raised in mass-breeding facilities, also known as “puppy mills.” These facilities have become infamous for their poor living conditions and severe neglect, where animals are secluded in cramped, wire cages with little sustenance and no social interaction. Many of the animals in puppy mills suffer from communicable diseases and genetic disorders, however, irresponsible breeders often forgo veterinary care in an attempt to cut costs, leaving the sick animals in misery.

By permitting the sale of live animals on Instagram, you are contributing to the abuse and mistreatment endured by cats and dogs in mass-breeding facilities. Please institute a ban on live animal sales and help put an end to cruel puppy mills.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Chris Vaughan via Flickr

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  1. Instagram is used to share our love for pets! Please do not be a tool for more people to irresponsibly breed more unwanted, unhealthy and uncared for animals that will end up in shelters, or with animal abusers or dog fighting rings! Please do not be a tool for more death!
    Be the voice of a positive change online! Stand up for the rights of animals!!

  2. P.S Gravemaker says:

    Add web sites like Craigslist to this list and Ebay. Even though Ebay doesn’t allow live animals to be put up for auction, but on their Classifieds site, animal sales are fair game. LesPac & Kijiji are similar websites in Canada that allowes selling pets, as do many in Europe.

    It sure keeps puppymills a very profitable business.

  3. Here we go again another way for man to take advantage for CASH! Well, people who would use instagram stop buying. Send the company to coventry get the animal welfare people on check on that company daily buy reporting some abuse or another they will get fed up and sell something.
    Instagram…….SHAME on you! you’re not 3rd world who needs to eat dog or mistreat them because you have no education. SHAME ON U!

  4. Michael Guest says:

    Unfair and unacceptable. You can’t do this. Get it banned now.

  5. Le persone si devono rendere conto che gli animali non si comprano,i canili e i gattili sono pieni di animali che hanno bisogno di affetto e cure,quindi se tutti fanno in questo modo non ci sarà più chi vendere animali vivi in quanto nessuno li comprerà e il business sarà zero.

  6. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

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