The world’s leading stock image website, Shutterstock, has begun implementing a ban on images that show primates in clothing or human settings.
It comes after PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) added extra pressure on the photo service to prohibit images that could be a result of animal cruelty, showing animals in unnatural conditions.
Shutterstock has now banned images that show primates dressed in human clothes or accessories, in unnatural, human environments, behaviours such as dancing, holding hands and/or other human-like behaviours that are deemed unnatural.
Shutterstock’s ban comes as photo-sharing service, Instagram also integrated additional features to clamp down on animal abuse. Instagram launched their new feature, which shows a warning message if a user is searching for a hashtag that may potentially include images depicting animal abuse.
“Animal abuse and the sale of endangered animals or their parts is not allowed on Instagram,” the pop-up text on the screen states. “You are searching for a hashtag that may be associated with posts that encourage harmful behaviour to animals or the environment.”
The app implemented the feature as there has been growing concern over the number of wild animals purchased for human entertainment and exploitation.