Instagram urged to act on laziness selfies

World Animal Protection

The tendency for tourists taking selfies with the local creatures, feeds the increase of the animals snatched from the wild by irresponsible tour operators, according to the animal charity World Animal Protection.

The charity found 292% increase in the number of wildlife selfies posted on Instagram from 2014.

You ask the website to take action to “protect the animals on their platform”.

Instagram has said that he was working with experts in the field to address the problem.

“We prohibit the use of Instagram in order to facilitate or organize criminal activity which causes physical damage to the animals,” the company said.

“We remove reported content that promotes poaching of endangered species or the selling of animals to arrange a fight, and that includes acts of animal abuse.

“There are ongoing talks with experts in wildlife and are looking for new ways to provide our community with information about the activities that can be harmful to animals and nature, such as the publication of content that may represent the exploitation of wildlife and bad practices of welfare.”

Dr Neil D Cruze, from World Animal Protection, said: “it’s extremely frustrating to see the animals that are stolen from the wild and used as photo props for posting on social media.

“The reality is that these unfortunate animals suffer terribly, both in front of and behind the camera.”

“The growing demand for harmful to the wildlife selfies is not only a serious animal welfare concern but also a concern for conservation.”

World Animal Protection

More than a quarter of the image analysed by the charity are judged “bad selfies” – people hugging, holding, or otherwise interact inappropriately with the wildlife.


Investigators are looking at the treatment of these animals in the Amazon city of Manaus, Brazil, and Puerto Alegria, Peru, found evidence of:
sloths captured and tied to trees
birds such as toucans with serious abscesses on their feet
green anacondas injured and dehydrated
caiman crocodiles restrained with rubber bands around their jaws
a manatee kept in a tub in the courtyard of a hotel