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It's not unusual for people to adapt and repurpose popular apps for unusual or unexpected functions, but some Instagram accounts have begun using the photo-sharing social network for classified ads selling live animals, leading to calls for Instagram to ban the practice, according to the Daily Mail U.K.
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Many Instagram users now post photos of items for sale using the hashtag #forsale to advertise their wares to would-be buyers. There are millions of these ads posted on Instagram, and many are for cats, dogs and other more exotic animals available for purchase.
Some of the animals for sale on Instagram are intended to be pets, but others are meant for slaughter, for religious purposes or otherwise. "We have them all, sacrificial and carcasses of all ages. We will bring them to you for all events and birthdays," said one ad based in Kuwait.
U.K. animal-rights group Animal Aid has called for Instagram to ban the sale of live animals through its service. "This is a shocking situation to see animals being bred for money and traded like commodities," said Animal Aid Director Andrew Tyler. "This will only lead to suffering and more abuse towards animals," he added.
Instagram's terms of service do not contain language regarding the sale of animals, as do longer-established online services like Amazon and eBay, although it is worth noting that those companies were designed and intended to sell products, while Instagram was not originally meant for that purpose.
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