Add a button to report Animal Abuse and Illegal Animal Activity to Facebook posts

Petition Closed

Add a button to report Animal Abuse and Illegal Animal Activity to Facebook posts

This petition had 2,685 supporters
Anna Nekaris started this petition to Mark Zukerberg and

Slow lorises, like many other animals, are threatened by the illegal wildlife trade. Sadly many exotic animals make their way illegally into the pet trade; because complex care is needed for these animals, their welfare is often compromised in captivity, making these animals not only illegal but also violating the Five Freedoms recommended by various animal welfare associations. The UK RSPCA for example recommends that anyone looking after animals should give them the five freedoms from:hunger and thirst; discomfort; pain, injury and disease; to behave normally; from fear and distress.Until now, the social networking site Facebook does not provide an option to tag material of animals as illegal or cruel, meaning that such videos go viral, encouraging the illegal animal trade. Using the slow loris as an example, we heartily encourage Facebook to provide such an option and to remove these videos and memes. By signing this petition, you will join us in our plea to Facebook for this policy change.

Millions of people around the world have fallen in love with the slow loris through a series of viral Internet videos. These videos on first appearance seem adorable. A wide-eyed loris grasping for an umbrella… A plump pygmy loris stretching her arms up for a tickle… A loris in a nappy reaching out for an umbrella…but why are these videos truly cruel and should not be allowed on social networking sites any more than cruel and illegal human behaviour.

In one of several recent studies by Oxford Brookes University researchers, we showed that that of 100 slow loris videos on the internet, every single one violated the principles of the five freedoms every animal deserves to have for good welfare and to avoid cruelty. In fact, most videos violated four or five of these tried and tested tenets for good husbandry. Yet social networking sites: ignore when users flag them as cruel, do not provide an option for flagging, or promote them with ads, rewarding the perpetrators not only of the cruel care of the animals, but also the fact that slow loris pets are almost always illegal.

Slow lorises are listed under CITES Appendix 1, meaning they cannot be traded for commercial purposes. Few if any slow lorises have ever been shipped for the pet trade to any country in the world. Even if they have, even the best zoos rarely breed slow lorises. They are a ‘Red Light’ species in zoos, meaning urgent action is required to breed them. The offspring of illegally smuggled animals are also illegal – so please do not believe an uploader just because he claims to have bought the loris in a pet shop! In fact, pet shops very often serve as fronts for the sale of illegally imported exotic birds, reptiles, fish and mammals.

The path to the pet trade is so horrific it cannot be imagined. Animals are ripped from the forest; shoved into plastic crates and bags; their teeth are clipped out with crude mechanisms with no anesthesia, no aftercare, no medicine and most die; multiple animals are transported in crates where they wound each other with their venomous bites; market conditions are inhumane, boiling hot, and cruel, with no proper food fed to the animals; most owners have no idea how to care for these social primates with their specialised diets and their deaths are very long and painful as they starve to death in loneliness, obese with diabetes or rotting teeth from being fed fruit.

Please sign and share this petition. We have the chance to remove these cruel and illegal videos from the Internet and reduce illegal trade! Internet videos and memes are fueling the illegal pet trade, as more and more people think it is 'ok' to have an illegal exotic animal as a pet, assume they are domesticated, or simply cannot see them suffering because of their cute faces. Thank you!! Visit www.nocturama.org for more information.

Petition Closed

This petition had 2,685 supporters

Share this petition