Instagram is Raising Awareness about Abusive Wildlife Selfies

from Josh Gross

The Jaguar

Photos like this fuel animal abuse and the illegal wildlife trade. Instagram has launched a campaign to educate users about the harm wildlife selfies can cause. Tigertemple by Dmitri 1999. CC BY 3.0

Wildlife selfies can be seriously problematic. In October, National Geographic published an investigative article on the trend of “selfie safaris,” in which tourists pay money to take pictures of themselves interacting with wild animals. This practice fuels animal abuse and threats to wild animal populations. In light of reports from National Geographic and other organizations, Instagram is stepping up.

In order to educate users about the harm caused by wildlife selfies, Instagram has initiated a new alert system. When users enter a hashtag that is related to wildlife selfies or the illegal wildlife trade, they will receive a pop-up warning them of the dangers associated with those activities. Users will then be able to follow links…

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Blogging Tips, Advice and Blog Strategies – 4/21/16

This kind of blogging advice is always fresh. From Danny at Dream Big Dream Often.

Dream Big, Dream Often

For my blogging tips, advice and blog strategies post today I want to switch gears a bit and discuss the power of having an opinion and losing the fear of offending others.

I remember when I first started blogging and how I was always worried about what others thought about what I was writing.  I think it is a natural fear when you are putting yourself out for all to read and doing so in such an honest forum such as blogging.  Blogging can be intimidating at first.  I was reluctant to express my true feelings on certain topics.  I would write something and then read it to Evelina to make sure I wasn’t coming across too strong.  I still practice this habit, but I am the one usually rereading a draft to ensure my “tone” is acceptable and my message takes into account my true feelings and opinions.  But…

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A Flight of Ideas: Secret Obscenities

My life ended and sent me into crisis.

An arm around my shoulder, a doctor gives counsel:

He says, if I take my pills, I will forget my grief, I will be happy.

He says, the Lord is in my heart, if I search it, I’ll find him, he’ll
save me.

He says, if I climb the right steps, I’ll be normal, if I talk about it:
this grief I can’t mention.

My lies are those of one who doesn’t trust, and so I fear
that unless the lying stops, I will —

Become the prank who attends his own funeral, mingling
with the mourners, and whispering secret obscenities.

(c)text Rob Goldstein 1984, image Rob Goldstein 2017