Instagram cracks down on wild animal selfies

Instagram cracks down on wild animal selfies

HuffPost reports that starting this week, if you search for common hashtags associated with photos of humans posing with wildlife-for example, #lionselfie-you will be notified that these images generally have some sordid connections. Instagram is sending a message against the behavior that pops up if users click on hashtags like #koalaselfie or #tigerpet. You'll see if when viewing these flagged hashtags, but users posting photos under the same hashtags will not receive the warning. "Be wary when paying for photo opportunities with exotic animals, as these photos and videos may put endangered animals at risk".

An Instagram representative tells the Huffington Post that "hundreds of hashtag combinations" will now trigger a warning advising users about the problems of wildlife exploitation.

It may be harmless to snap a picture with a furry friend, but many exotic animals are cruelly and illegally captured from their habitats. 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.

World Animal Protection has previously petitioned Instagram to include more about wild animal abuse in Instagram's user guidelines. In August, a baby dolphin died in Spain while being passed around by tourists to take a selfie.

"They can be kept in poor conditions by people who are just trying to make a buck", Allan said.

Celebrities including socialite Paris Hilton and reality start Khloe Kardashian have been roundly criticised for posing for pictures with chimpanzees and orangutans at private zoos by the UN's Great Apes Survival Partnership, who branded them "chumps with chimps" past year. He often sticks his arm into their mouths during photos, and treats them as status symbols.