Social media changing to better protect wildlife around the world

It seems the world of digital social media is putting steps in place to protect wildlife all across the world and here in Thailand after the World Animal Protection (WAP) organisation released some simple guidelines entitled the “wildlife Selfie Code” which is made up of six rules.

The guidelines which are more or less common sense to be honest often seem to be overlooked when adorable, rare or powerful animals are concerned however.

The guidelines they are suggesting are as follows.

Social media changing to better protect wildlife around the world

Don’t take a picture with an animal that is tied up or restrained such as a tiger or elephant, or if it’s being baited with food, or if it could harm you.

They did stress however people should feel free to take pictures with wild animals in their natural habitats providing they are a safe distance away and that the animal is free to move away if it wants.

WAP noted that people often take pictures on holidays with animals not native to their own countries and upload them to social media but said these animals more often than not are suffering for the sake of the photos.

Social media changing to better protect wildlife around the world

Since its release over 250,000 people have pledged their support to the “Wildlife Selfie Code.”

Another high profile social media provider Instagram is doing their bit to help protect the wildlife of the world by joining a global movement against tourist attractions which exploit animals.

Social media changing to better protect wildlife around the world

Now when users try to use a number of animal attraction-related hashtags a warning message will be displayed alerting them that “animal abuse and sale of endangered animals are not permitted on Instagram.”

Instagram said that they will not be issuing a list of hashtags that will prompt a warning as they want people to find out for themselves in an effort to better educate people about the issue.

Let’s hope some more top social media providers also follow suit to help better protect animals all over the globe.

Source : Coconuts

Content : LovePattayaThailand

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