Stop Illegal Smuggling of Apes Through Instagram

Target: Kevin Systrom, CEO of Instagram

Goal: Identify and ban all those who use their accounts in the illegal business of trafficking apes.

Traffickers that illegally smuggle and trade apes are using social media accounts to conduct their cruel and illicit business, according to a report by the New York Times. Ape smugglers are using sites like Instagram to advertise—posting pictures of gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans for sale.

Smugglers capture these endangered species from the wild and sell them into lives as prisoners, used for human entertainment in zoos or as part of the private collections of the wealthy. This is especially inhumane because apes are social animals, and are torn from their families. Often, baby apes are chosen because their small size makes them easier to smuggle, and traffickers will kill the rest of the family in order to seize the baby.

Trafficking is a billion dollar business, profiting from the exploitation of endangered animals and pushing them closer to extinction. Social media sites like Instagram that have become a part of this illicit and despicable business could instead be protecting these innocent creatures. Demand that Instagram take any and all steps necessary to shut down trafficking accounts.


Dear CEO Systrom,

According to a recent New York Times report, illegal ape traffickers have been using Instagram to conduct their cruel and inhumane business. Smugglers post pictures of gorillas, chimps, and orangutans for sale, making Instagram complicit in their illicit activities.

Ape traffickers capture and sell endangered species, often killing ape families to steal and smuggle the babies. Instagram has a responsibility to combat this illegal cruelty and protect innocent apes. I urge you to ensure that all possible steps are taken to identify and ban users who post on their Instagram accounts as part of the ape trafficking trade.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Brent Moore

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop it! please go vegan and allow veganism! no more excuses of animal cruelity.

  2. Richard Hofman Richard Hofman says:

    One day the God told me…that the all spreadable human shit will be punished and smashed from this planet!!!
    And then the planet will be again beautiful and full of life…
    Oh, the dream must to comes to true…

  3. Instagram touts it’s self as progressive and claims to be run by intelligent people. Prove it! Be compassionate intelligent humans, proactively work to help innocent animals from suffering for greed, horrible suffering death abuse and ignorant neglect! Do NOT let Instagram help create suffering please be who you claim to be! Prove it by stoping this cruelty on Instagram and working to stop senseless cruelty beyond just Instagram, be compassionate intelligent leaders.

  4. Elizabeth Sargeant says:

    Shut the web site down….

  5. Dear Sir:
    please show that us that you have compassion and intelligence! Please stop that cruelty!

  6. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️😠

  7. Stephanie Hermiston says:

    No. My email does not contain a typo nor will/can i correct it morons.

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