Instagram is cracking down on wildlife selfies

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Most people who trek in the jungles take photos of captive animals, like koalas, dolphins, lions, and tigers.

"You are searching for a hashtag that may be associated with posts that encourage harmful behavior to animals or to the environment", the warning reads in part, alongside a link to more information about wildlife exploitation.

While users looking to browse images already posted under the hashtags will be presented with the warning, they won't be warned if they attempt to upload a picture using the hashtag.

WAP chief executive Steve McIvor said: "We congratulate Instagram on taking this important step towards educating its users about wild animals that are suffering for selfies".

However, the social networking site isn't the first social media to impose such warning.

In Manaus Brazil a free-ranging Pink river dolphins is baited then used as
WORLD ANIMAL PROTECTION In Manaus Brazil a free-ranging Pink river dolphins is baited then used as

"It's time for the tiger selfies to go". Wild animals deserve to live in the wild. More often than not, these photos take advantage of lovely creatures that have been torn from their natural environment. They also don't remove those selfies.

Instagram is cracking down on people using its platform to share pictures of themselves with wild animals, to raise awareness of the abuse many creatures paraded around for picture purposes suffer.

The pop-up rebuke will also appear for searches for more egregious activities, like hashtags that advertise the sale of exotic animals or animal parts, the social media service says.

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" previous year.

Koalas and sloths are animals that people want to pet or hold. In order to make animals comply with unnatural demands, they are either kidnapped from the wild and beaten into submission or bred in captivity and taken from their mothers at birth so they can be handled and fed by humans. But it may help in spreading the message about protecting wildlife from exploitation. The worse part is that tourists do not know if the attractions they're visiting treat the animals well or not.

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