Charity urges YouTube to remove videos of animal cruelty

Yvonne O'Halloran

Animal welfare charity Lady Freethinker has identified over 2,000 videos on YouTube that show purposeful animal abuse and animals seriously physically and psychologically harmed for entertainment.

The three month investigation brought to light these disturbing videos which clearly violate the video sharing platforms community standards.

Nina Jackel, founder and president of Lady Freethinker stated: “YouTube must do a better job at monitoring and removing all videos that violate its terms and standards, alerting local law enforcement to illegal content, and holding channels accountable for their actions with suspensions and terminations,”

YouTube has stated that it will look into these findings and investigate the thousands of videos that show animal torture, fighting, hunting and various other instances of unethical treatment of animals that still remain on the site.

A spokeswoman for YouTube said: “YouTube’s community guidelines prohibit any violent or gory content intended to shock or disgust viewers, including the unnecessary infliction of harm on animals. We routinely remove videos and comments flagged by our community that violate those policies, and in many cases we terminate the accounts of users who violate our guidelines.”

185 videos identified in Lady Freethinker’s report have already been removed, though the charity intends to launch a petition to get YouTube to immediately take down the remaining videos.

Article written by Martha Moody- United Kingdom

 

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