Social Media Pet Challenges can be Abusive.
Social media pet challenges can be abusive because they often involve putting pets in uncomfortable or dangerous situations for the sake of a video or photo. For example, the "cheese challenge" involves throwing a piece of cheese at a pet's head, which can startle or even injure the animal. The "snoot" challenge involves making a circle with your fingers and then forcing your dog to stick its nose through the hole, which can be uncomfortable and even painful for the dog. And the "level up" challenge involves stacking household items higher and higher and then seeing how high your pet can jump over them, which can be dangerous if the pet falls and injures itself.
In addition to being physically harmful, social media pet challenges can also be emotionally harmful. When pets are forced to do things that they don't want to do, it can make them feel anxious, stressed, and even traumatized. This can lead to a number of behavioral problems, such as aggression, fear, and destructiveness.
If you see someone posting a video or photo of their pet participating in a social media challenge, please don't hesitate to report it to the platform where it was posted. You can also contact your local animal welfare organization to report the abuse.
Here are some tips for avoiding social media pet challenges:
- Be aware of the challenges that are circulating online.
- Talk to your kids about the dangers of these challenges.
- Teach your kids how to report animal abuse.
- If you see someone posting a video or photo of their pet participating in a challenge, report it to the platform where it was posted.
- Contact your local animal welfare organization to report the abuse.
I don’t find these videos funny at all but that’s me. I guess that’s why they have more followers but oh well… I love my cat!