Instagram is banning selfies with exotic animals

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The photo sharing service has introduced new pop-up warnings that will appear when searching for hashtags commonly used to share images of animal exploration and abuse.

It's really cool to see Instagram take up this initiative!

More than 40 per cent of those photos showed harmful interactions with the animal, such as hugging, holding, riding or inappropriately handling the animal, the group found.

"The protection and safety of the natural world are important to us and our global community".

Instagram will start issuing warnings against posting selfies with wildlife creatures like the Australian koala, with animal-cruelty cautions when people search the hashtags #koalaselfie, #lionselfie or #tigerpet, the National Geographic reports.

The charity has launched a Wildlife Selfie Code for tourists to learn how to take a photo with wild animals without fueling the cruel wildlife entertainment industry - Join the movement to end this cruel industry by signing The Wildlife Selfie Code and commit to keeping wild animals in the wild, where they belong.


Instagram doesn't plan on revealing all of the hashtags associated with the message so that users can stumble upon it during their searches.

It is supported by a link which further directs the users to a Help Center which gives more information on wildlife exploitation. "If someone's behavior is interrupted, hopefully they'll think, maybe there's something more here, or maybe I shouldn't just automatically like something or forward something or repost something if Instagram is saying to me there's a problem with this photo", she said.

The change is already live on Instagram across the world. "And then when the animal gets too big they sell it, sometimes for body parts", he said.

The decision followed an investigation by National Geographic and World Animal Protection into wildlife tourism. Koenen says that while cuddling a koala or a sloth for a photo may not seem harmful, the reality is undeniable.

One picture at a time, one person at a time, the world could find true compassion for animals thought of as little more than cute props for "likable" social media pics.

The in the United States, though the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did briefly lift a ban on trophies from legally hunted elephants last month before President Trump put the decision on hold on November 17. Wildlife experts say that behind the scenes, many wild animals suffer.

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