Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps for college students. And why wouldn’t it be? It’s easy to use and can be accessed from your phone, which makes it perfect for anyone who’s busy juggling classes and homework.
But I’ve noticed a strange phenomenon happening in the Tinderverse: people posing for photos with dead animals or living exotic ones. F*cking creepy, right?!
So let’s start with the dead animals. I can’t quite figure out why people think that taking pictures with carcasses would be appealing to anyone, especially when the bodies are bloody or disfigured. Ew. Every time I see this, I vom a little in my mouth.
Perhaps it’s an attempt to assert dominance or show off.
Maybe they think that it makes them look like a badass.
Well, no matter their end goal, killing animals is not cool. Hunting and fishing are cruel forms of “entertainment” that serve no real purpose in modern society. Wildlife overpopulation is not a real threat—it’s just an excuse used to justify killing animals. And it only gets worse when hunters take pictures with the deceased animals, dismember their victims, and then hang their head on the wall or lay their skin on the floor. Whether you’re vegan or not, this is scary behavior. Heads up, Tinder world—this is not attractive to anyone! #SwipeLeft
Killing animals is unacceptable—but is taking pictures with live exotic animals OK?
That’s going to be a hard no. These pictures don’t necessarily make me barf, but they still freak me out. And honestly, I just feel really bad for the animals. So your attractiveness goes down on this one, too, folks.
What the people who posted these pictures may not realize is that exotic animals who are used for things like photo ops with tourists are usually torn away from their mothers as babies. They’re often beaten into submission by trainers when they’re young and forced to live in cramped enclosures.
Not only is forcing them to live in captivity for our entertainment cruel, it’s also dangerous for humans! Animals have been known to lash out because of the stress and misery they endure in captivity. So whether they live on land or in the sea, let’s leave animals where they belong—in the wild with limited human interaction.
What You Can Do
Politely inform people on Tinder about the cruelty behind their photos. Never support tourist traps or attend events or parties at which animals are used for entertainment—and urge your friends and family to do the same. Every dollar spent at these places and every selfie taken with helpless captive animals supports their suffering.