Taking selfies with sloths sounds cute, but you could be supporting poachers

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There’s a dark side to animal selfies. 

Although most people aren’t interested in harming wild critters, the watchdog organization World Animal Protection says that Instagram selfies taken with animals are contributing to eco-tourism companies who poach wild animals (including sloths and crocodiles) for selfie opportunities and confine them in appalling places, like broken refrigerators. 

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The organization is now asking Instagram — home to tens of billions of pictures and an untold number of selfies — to discourage the app’s users from including compromised critters in their selfies. Read more…

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