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Social Media Animal Cruelty Coalition (SMACC)

Petitions

SMACC Petitions

These petitions appeal to three of the largest social media platforms, YouTube, Facebook and TikTok, asking them to:

  • Immediately put into place a more robust monitoring system to identify animal cruelty videos

  • Create an easy and effective flagging system for the public to raise concerns over animal cruelty videos

  • Adopt set and standardised definitions, across all social media platforms, on what constitutes animal cruelty

  • Stop paying channel or video owners for film content that depicts animal cruelty *unless used for legitimate campaign purposes

  • Ensure that these policies allow for animal welfare organisations and environmental organisations to show animal cruelty videos to highlight the problems 

  • Remove all videos containing animal abuse

  • Permanently ban users who repeatedly violate or show clearly illegal actions relating to animal abuse

Uniting our petitions!

There are hundreds of petitions online calling for the end of social media animal cruelty videos on platforms or lobbying for particular animal cruelty videos to be removed from certain platforms. We wish to unite our efforts as our messages are being diluted and very little action has been taken by the platforms to date.

Please, if you wish to create your own petition, let us know (smacc@asiaforanimals.com).  We may be able to coordinate! 

Please consider using this wording to ensure that all of us are asking these media giants for the same thing:

Remove animal cruelty from <enter platform>

 

Animal cruelty videos are being allowed to spread like wildfire to all corners of the internet as social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and TikTok continue to let it happen. We are calling on these social media giants to take action against this horrifying trend of animal abuse videos being permitted online, shared by the public and even monetised.

Examples of these videos range from the recent trend of ‘fake rescues’ where animals are put into dangerous situations or made to suffer before being ‘saved’ on camera, to kittens being set alight for a ‘laugh’ and dressing animals and forcing them to perform for the camera despite their (not always obvious) distress.

We are asking <enter platform> to;

  • Immediately put into place a more robust monitoring system to identify animal cruelty videos;

  • Create an easy and effective flagging system for the public to raise concerns over animal cruelty videos;

  • Adopt set and standardised definitions, across all social media platforms, on what constitutes animal cruelty videos;

  • Stop paying channel or video owners for film content that depicts animal cruelty *unless used for legitimate campaign purposes;

  • Ensure that these policies allow for animal welfare organisations and environmental organisations to show animal cruelty videos to highlight the problems;

  • Remove all videos containing animal abuse.

Other ways to help

Visit our how to help section to learn more about things you can do to prevent the spread of animal cruelty videos. Sign our petitions, write to the platforms using our suggested template wording or support organizations working to help animals.

Sign the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance's petition to google and facebook appealing to them to make it easier to report that videos and images featuring pet apes and monkeys are cruel. Also ask them to remove all reported content featuring pet primates:

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