Animals are being tortured just for video “views” and profit. The videos LFT found could have potentially earned $15 million in revenue for the YouTubers who posted them, and up to $12 million in advertising revenue for the company, based on averages reported by Business Insider. Some advertisers on these videos include Disney, Facebook, Nissan, Toyota, and Petco.
The report documented 146 YouTube channels promoting animal violence, totaling more than 30.7 million subscribers.
Most of the videos violate YouTube’s own Community Standards — which explicitly ban animal fighting, unnecessary animal suffering, and hunting using illegal practices — and U.S. and UK animal welfare laws.