It isn't only sloths — selfies with tiger and lion cubs, orangutans and chimps and so many other threatened and exotic animals all promote using animals for snapshots, despite the realities of their treatment and the threats to their kind, like habitat loss and the illegal pet trade. Such close interactions with humans can be very stressful for the animals, as well.
"We congratulate Instagram on taking this important step towards educating its users about wild animals that are suffering for selfies and for recognizing that animal abuse happens both in front of and behind the camera," Cassandra Koenen, head of wildlife campaigns at WAP, said in a statement. "With its community of over 800 million users, Instagram has the platform to change the conversation around the use of animals as photo props. We are encouraged by this first step towards changing the acceptability of using animals for our entertainment.”