Facebook: Ban Pictures Of Illegally-Smuggled Apes Now

Target: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

Goal: Demand Facebook stop the trade in illegally-smuggled apes who are taken from the wild and forced to endure horrific cruelty.

Ape smugglers are using social media to advertise their ill-gotten “goods,” most notably Facebook. Tens of thousands of these poor animals have been victimized by the trade; forcibly removed from their homes, threatened or attacked with weapons, treated as chattel, even killed. The existence of the trade itself is horrific enough, but these people take it a step further by publicizing their dirty deeds.

We cannot allow this to continue. Apes are vulnerable species, and Facebook is one of the most powerful social media companies in existence. But instead of using their power and wealth to help stop this illegal operation, they are complicit in allowing it to continue by letting smugglers and poachers advertise apes as they would furniture or jewelry for sale.

Apes deserve so much better than this, and we need Facebook to help us shut down the trade. Sign this petition to demand Facebook ban the posting of illegally smuggled wildlife.


Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,

Your platform is being used by illegal ape smugglers to advertise their ill-gotten “goods.” The ape trade itself is a horrific operation in which apes are hunted, captured, even tortured and killed for the sake of monetary gain, and your company has been complicit in the trade by allowing photos of these poor creatures to be posted.

You must ban this practice immediately. The ape trade needs to be shut down once and for all, and you have the power to aid us in this endeavor. Your Terms Of Service need to be updated to prohibit smugglers and poachers from showing off their prey and trying to further their dirty business. Apes deserve better than to be treated like this.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Indo_girl2010

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  2. Not just apes but other animals too.

  3. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    ban animal cruelity.

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