We’ve all seen them: shocking online photos and video clips of animals being abused. Internet cruelty is horrible, and you have every right to be upset about it. The best way to stop this type of abuse is to immediately report it to the proper authorities and refrain from contacting, visiting or forwarding links to friends. Here are a few tips on how to report websites that display acts of cruelty to animals:
- First contact the website host or sponsor. Major sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, have Terms of Service that restrict the depiction of objectionable material.
- The next step is to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice. Try to include as much information as you can (links to the offending material, names, locations, etc.)
- Contact your local and national media organizations—the media can bring public attention to an animal abuse situation and help initiate corrective actions.
Internet cruelty is no joke, and many times it’s downright illegal. Learn more ways you can fight—and report—online cruelty.