Target: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook
Goal: Thank Facebook for removing photos that glorify the killing of endangered animals
According to an article in The Wire, Facebook has removed photos of dead endangered animals from a popular huntress’ Facebook page. The huntress, who, according to the article, will be starring in her own hunting show soon, argues that the photos should not be misconstrued as offensive. She argues that by shooting some animals, she is actually helping to save thousands.
However, regardless if money taken from the “hunting safaris” that she participates in goes towards charities supporting conservationists or not, the fact of the matter is these animals are endangered, and perpetuating the stereotype that animals are prizes to be won is not okay.
Facebook is one of the largest social media sites in the world, and images posted can go viral at any time, making their way to thousands of people and influencing how they feel about animal rights issues. By banning users who post pictures displaying animal cruelty, Facebook is showing people just how wrong animal cruelty is and that is a serious issue worth taking into consideration by its millions of users. Help us thank Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook team for banning these photos depicting animal cruelty by signing the petition below.
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,
This letter is being written to thank you for banning photos representing animal cruelty on your website.
If photos like the ones you banned were to go viral, users might think that if a huge company like Facebook supports these photos, then maybe this photo is not so bad after all. However, you and I both know that these photos are disgraceful and disgusting and allowing them to be posted anywhere is wrong.
Thank you for doing your part in not supporting people who are cruel to animals. We are looking forward to the (hopefully) positive ripple effect of change this could create on Facebook. Please continue to actively ban photos and users who encourage the inhumane treatment of animals–do not relent. Being pro-animal rights is not a trend, it is a firm change that must be made forever.
[Your Name Here]
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