Shutterstock ban all unnatural photos of apes and monkeys after appeal from PETA

Dec 29, 2017

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Shutterstock ban all unnatural photos of apes and monkeys after appeal from PETA

Dec 29, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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As a result of a recent appeal from PETA, Shutterstock has decided to ban all photos of monkeys and apes in unnatural situations. The photos will not only be banned from Shutterstock, but also from its subsidiary Bigstock.

The ban includes the photos of primates in all settings unnatural to them. But, even if the photos are digitally manipulated to just look unnatural – they are also not welcome on Shutterstock either.

As PETA writes, monkeys and apes used for photographing are “typically very young and deprived of everything that is natural and important to them, including contact with their mothers.” They claim that the photos of animals in such unnatural conditions can harm conservation efforts. Additionally, they may also increase the demand to keep these animals as pets. PETA also points out that what we see as a “grin” in chimpanzees is actually a facial expression for fear.

Reportedly, PETA has discussed these issues with Shutterstock. They came to the agreement that photos like this won’t be allowed on this stock photo website anymore. From now on, Shutterstock will ban all photos and videos that depict monkeys and apes in these situations:

  • Wearing clothing or accessories, such as hats or sunglasses
  • Being shown in a studio setting or human environment, such as an office or circus
  • Exhibiting trained or unnatural behavior, such as dancing or performing
  • Engaging in unnatural interactions with humans, such as holding hands or being held

In addition to actually placing monkeys and apes in unnatural situations, the photos where they are photoshopped to appear this way are also banned. Of course, there are some photos that remain allowed. You can still upload photos of these animals in zoos, living free in natural habitats, or living free in Asian cities. Although, we could argue how “natural” the zoos are for them.

There’s no word, though, what will happen with the stock photos of monkeys and apes that are already on Shutterstock. It’s not said whether the photographers should remove them, or they can sell them further.

PETA writes that “Shutterstock’s decision is a reflection of evolving industry standards, as well as a sea change in public opinion.” Considering that many ad agencies and TV and film producers have stopped using these images, PETA hopes that other stock photo websites will follow Shutterstock’s example.

[via PetaPixel]

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25 responses to “Shutterstock ban all unnatural photos of apes and monkeys after appeal from PETA”

  1. Liam Bluck Avatar
    Liam Bluck

    Jobsworths….

  2. Casper Pedersen Avatar
    Casper Pedersen

    PETA is a bunch of nutcrackers…

  3. Ian Brace Avatar
    Ian Brace

    Seriously what’s wrong with these people? That sort of interaction must be heart warming for both parties?

  4. Duncan Knifton Avatar
    Duncan Knifton

    PETA are total cockwombles who do more harm than good !!

    1. Jorgen Mcleman Avatar
      Jorgen Mcleman

      Great use of the word ‘Cockwombles’… love it

  5. onspeed Avatar
    onspeed

    Forbidden? WTH does PETA think they are to have images forbidden, the dictator of North Korea? Adolph Hitler?

  6. Tj Ó Seamállaigh Avatar
    Tj Ó Seamállaigh

    am I the only one here to think that it is going a bit far sillier with this thing they call PETA?

    1. Shannon Der Aldinger Avatar
      Shannon Der Aldinger

      My guess is they go after the makers of Gorilla Glue as it is neither made from or produced by Gorillas.

  7. Lee Ballard Avatar
    Lee Ballard

    Have PETA not realised that after the monkey selfie fiasco (and a few other wastes of resources) that pretty much the whole intelligent world see them as a laughing stock?

    1. J. Campbell Avatar
      J. Campbell

      Laughing-stock photo, more like it.

  8. Jo Gorsky Avatar
    Jo Gorsky

    Fake News much?

    I can’t find any other source than the PETA website.
    And, when I go on Shutterstock, there is nothing about it and when I do a search, I find hundreds and hundreds of pictures of apes and monkey in “unnatural” settings.

    Until I see another source other than PETA, I won’t believe it.

    Then again, it might be me that can’t search properly.
    Or Shutterstock is still working on removing those images and is not done yet and wants to announce it when it’s done, or any other explanation.

    Disclaimer, my comment has nothing to do on my stance on this subject and is only about the legitimacy of it since I can’t find a source other than PETA’s website claiming this with no source linked.

  9. Dajanaye Rollins Avatar
    Dajanaye Rollins

    Can PETA make anyone do anything beyond being annoyed?

  10. Hernani Jon Onyok Cañete Avatar
    Hernani Jon Onyok Cañete

    I thought PETA means People Eating Tits Ass???

  11. Rusty Moore Avatar
    Rusty Moore

    Does this mean I won’t be able to get stills of Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution’s reunion gig on Shutterstock?

  12. Isaiah York Avatar
    Isaiah York

    Bad move shutterstock…

  13. Patte McCarthy Avatar
    Patte McCarthy

    Here we go banning things. Next it will be books again. Wake up people.

  14. Duane Emmerson Avatar
    Duane Emmerson

    Fuck off PETA, go and do something semi worthwhile.

  15. Steven Hauptman Avatar
    Steven Hauptman

    Does it also mean no zoo or animal reserve will be accepted.

  16. John Deir Avatar
    John Deir

    Now you can not discriminate one type of mammal so the ACLU and PETA will have all mammals banned. Oh and why just mammals, need to include reptiles, fish…all living things and wait…single cell organisms are alive so… where does it stop?

  17. Anqi Tsui Avatar
    Anqi Tsui

    PETA/ ACLU is worse than ISIS in terms of bring down our society values

    1. davv Avatar
      davv

      maybe not worse, but a lot more efficient.

  18. Angie Dutton Avatar
    Angie Dutton

    Oh good grief.

  19. Joel Gros Avatar
    Joel Gros

    Photography is art ! WTF !!!

  20. Marc Falzon Avatar
    Marc Falzon

    Sad. Giving in to those PETA freaks.

  21. CAugustin Avatar
    CAugustin

    Shutterstock can do as they please, others don’t have to follow. If they think PETA’s arguments relevant they can. No court order (or however it is called in the US, I’m not a native speaker nor a lawyer) here, so this would be just an agreement between two entities.

    Another thing would be if other stock photo agencies would follow …