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In recent months, there has been an alarming increase in the number of graphic videos and images of baby monkeys being abused, tortured, and killed for the sake of “entertainment.” These disturbing videos have been shared across various social media platforms, including private Facebook groups, exposing thousands of users to this horrendous content. It’s time we take a stand against such cruelty and protect innocent animals.

A coalition of wildlife organizations, including Action for Primates and Wildlife and Countryside Link, are urging the UK government to include animal cruelty content in the Online Safety Bill. This bill aims to protect people by forcing social media platforms to remove harmful content such as self-harm, age-inappropriate content, and extreme violence. However, the current version of the bill does not cover animal abuse.

The coalition is supporting amendments proposed by Lord Stevenson of Balmacara, which would force social media platforms to remove videos of animal torture. This move is essential as the easy accessibility of such material can cause psychological distress and harm to children. In 2018, the RSPCA found that 23 percent of children had seen animal cruelty or neglect on social media.

Sarah Kite, co-founder of Action for Primates, emphasizes the need for effective legislation to put an end to this sickening content. Online platforms have failed to enforce their own guidelines, and self-regulation isn’t working.

As concerned citizens, we can contribute to this cause by supporting the inclusion of animal cruelty content in the Online Safety Bill. We must also report any instances of animal abuse we come across on social media, urging platforms to investigate and take action.

Together, we can create a safer online space for everyone, including our animal friends. So let’s raise our voices and call for an end to the sharing of monkey torture videos on social media. We have the power to make a difference; let’s use it to protect the innocent and promote compassion.

With contemporary society’s fixation on gaining popularity on social media, people often take drastic measures to gain views and “likes” across various websites. It is never ok to use an animal for entertainment, and we hope that these platforms will finally do what’s right and do something about these emerging videos!

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