Instagram is cracking down on animal selfies

Instagram is cracking down on animal selfies

World Animal Protection says there's been a 292 per cent increase in selfies with wild animals since 2014 - and 40 per cent of those showed "bad interactions" like hugging or holding wildlife.

Taking a selfie with a wild animal and uploading it to social media may seem like a harmless thing to do.

Users looking to search for hashtags, used to categorise images on the platform, such as #tigerselfie will be presented with a warning message reading: 'Animal abuse and the sale of endangered animals or their parts is not allowed on Instagram'. 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.

"The fact that sloths, caiman, anacondas, and more, are often beaten into submission before being "safe" enough for selfies, is left out of the camera's frame".

Instagram wants to protect the world's wildlife from an existential threat: selfies. "These animals are taken from their mothers as babies, then secretly kept in filthy, cramped conditions", the report reads.

These warnings now come up on wildlife photos on Instagram.

Organizers hope the small delay will have a large impact.

According to WAP numerous animals who tourists take photos with are stolen from their natural habitat and are then kept in cramped conditions and passed around from tourist to tourist, causing them extreme stress.

Wildlife conservation groups argue animals that users take photos with at tourist sites can actually suffer from human contact.

In many cases, people do not realize that they are interacting with animals that are being mistreated, Allan said.