Facebook’s recent actions restricting people in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content are affecting more than just “news” pages. The posts on several Australian animal rights groups’ pages and vegan advocacy pages have become inaccessible, and PETA’s international affiliates’ pages have been suppressed to Australian viewers.
PETA’s objective is to stop animal suffering, and we rely on social media to reach people with information that they might otherwise never see.
We have worked to uncover the horrors inherent in the fur, angora, and mohair industries – leading hundreds of companies to ban these fibres, thereby sparing countless animals a lifetime of suffering – and social media has played a vital role.
PETA affiliates also share footage of the abuse that wild animals endure when they’re used for selfies, which has created public awareness about responsible travel and lead numerous companies to stop promoting interactive wild animals tours. And PETA affiliates have shared images and videos taken inside animal testing facilities, which has persuaded countless companies – including Kellogg Company, Kikkoman, and Dove – to end experiments on animals.
The largest and most effective social media site on which to share these life-saving images and videos has been Facebook.
We’re glad Facebook has said that it will reverse the suppression of any pages that are inadvertently affected by the restrictions. Animals need as many people as possible to speak out against cruelty on every channel we can use, including Facebook – but please ensure you connect with us elsewhere so you can stay up to date on our work and seize every opportunity to speak up for animals:
- Sign up for e-mail updates, which is one of the most important and effective ways that PETA reaches our supporters when animals need their help.