PETITION TARGET: Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snapchat
UPDATE (3/28/2023): We sent our petition, signed by more than 23,000 people, to Snapchat’s CEO asking for stronger animal protection measures. Unfortunately, acts of animal cruelty are still proliferating on social media. That’s why Lady Freethinker has joined the Social Media Animal Cruelty Coalition (SMACC) and is actively working to hold online platforms accountable! Thank you to everyone who signed this petition, and we’ll keep doing all we can to create a kinder world for all animals! —Lady Freethinker Staff
In a sickening act of cruelty, a 14-year-old girl tortured and killed a helpless kitten while her friend filmed.
The teen first stabbed the tiny animal in the neck with a kitchen knife as it struggled desperately to escape, spasming in pain. She then slammed the kitten against the floor, and proceeded to disembowel the terrified kitten with a knife as it writhed in agony.
The video, which is so graphic that most news and media websites refuse to feature it, originally surfaced on Snapchat — a platform on which animal torture is all too common.
In recent years, Snapchat has emerged as a forum for photos and videos of extreme animal abuse, often by kids and teens, which circulate rapidly among the app’s hundreds of millions of subscribers. In one post, a squirrel was set on fire. In another, a sheep was beaten to death with a golf club. Other posts have shown youth cutting a goldfish’s eye out with scissors, slitting a baby fox’s throat, and burning a puppy alive.
When impressionable youth see this violent behavior by their peers, they become that much more likely to commit violence against animals themselves. It’s time for Snapchat to stop promoting animal torture.
Sign this petition urging Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel to address the animal abuse that plagues their platform and take strong, swift action to prevent it.