Urge Instagram to Stop the Sale of Animals

Target: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO and owner of Instagram

Goal: Stop Instagram users from selling or trading their pets and exotic animals on the Instagram website and application

If one is on the Instagram application and searches the ‘#forsale’ tag, many items such as clothing, furniture and used cars will show up. However, some for sale items that are not expected, such as puppies, cats, horses and rabbits also show up on the ‘#forsale’ tag. Instagram has become a medium for individuals selling unwanted animals as companions and even for sacrificial slaughter. The application has been under scrutiny due to this potentially dangerous activity, for good reason. Selling animals on Instagram implies that selling or trading animals as a commodity is okay, and their lives are not to be respected any more than a pair of shoes.

There are many puppies up for sale on Instagram, as well as litters of kittens. Some individuals have accounts just for selling animals, which lends to the belief that they acquire animals only to sell them. With this mindset animals will become only as valuable as the dollar amount they can be traded for. There are some on Instagram that are selling sheep for sacrificial slaughter, some will even deliver the animal of your choosing to your home or wherever the slaughter will take place. This level of animal cruelty taking place nonchalantly through social media does not supply hope for the future of animal rights.

We live in an age where animals are becoming less respected as individual beings with sensitivities and pain receptors. Allowing the sale of animals within the Instagram application makes the lives of these animals disposable and able to be wagered with money. This way of thinking and this practice on Instagram is not congruent with respect for animals. Urge the Facebook CEO, the owner of Instagram, to ban the sale of animals on his application.


Dear Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook CEO,

On your application, Instagram, there has been an increase in the sale of animals on the ‘#forsale’ tag. Allowing this practice encourages people to believe that animals are a commodity to be sold or traded. This level of thinking is not healthy for the future of animal rights.

Many Instagram users are selling dogs, cats, horses, snakes and even live animals for sacrificial slaughter. The sale of animals through social media is dangerous grounds for animal abuse, and encourages people to breed in order to sell mass amounts of animals. This is a method of animal cruelty taking place over your application. Other bartering websites such as Ebay and Amazon restrict the sale of live animals on their websites, and they strictly enforce this rule.

I urge you, as the CEO of Facebook and owner of Instagram, to put a stop to the wagering and trading of animals on your application.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Jose Moutinho via Flickr

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