Instagram Says "Nope" To Exotic Animal Selfies


Instagram has announced it will now issue animal cruelty warnings on selfies with exotic animals.

It comes after the charity launched a Wildlife Selfie Code for tourists to learn how to take a photos with wild animals without fuelling cruelty. Kardashian and her half-sister, model Kendal Jenner, are also regular visitors to the Black Jaguar-White Tiger animal rescue foundation, which houses exotic animals including pumas, lions and jaguars.

Instagram worked with a number of conservation organizations, including the World Wildlife Fund, TRAFFIC, and World Animal Protection, in order to bring this change to its social network platform.

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".

A new warning will pop up when visiting these hashtags.

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When users try to search for a photo featuring phrases such as #Koalahugs or #Tigerselfie, they will be greeted with a message saying the hashtag "may be associated with posts that encourage harmful behaviour to animals or the environment".

Other social media sites have previously taken a stand against using photos with animals including dating site Tinder that asked its users not to use selfies with tigers in their profile.

Paris Hilton took a photo with a koala a week ago.

But Instagram won't be banning the photos...

Instagram has experimented with pop-up messages for other hashtags in the past surrounding suicide, eating disorders and other forms of self-harm, and already has safeguards in place to prevent pictures of animal abuse and the sale of endangered animals or their parts.