The warning also will pop-up for hashtags that advertise the sale of exotic animals or animal parts, according to Instagram.
Instagram is not the first app to take a stand against wildlife pictures, with online dating app Tinder requesting that people not use "tiger selfies" as their profile pictures. It found that animals were being captured in the wild and held in often disgusting conditions, purely so they could be used by tourists to take selfies with.
WAP chief executive Steve McIvor said: "We congratulate Instagram on taking this important step towards educating its users about wild animals that are suffering for selfies".
But Instagram is cracking down on the trend after warnings that the animals subjected to photoshoots are the victims of cruelty.
The WAP have done a review and advised Instagram on hashtags and photos associated with good or bad situations for animals.
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While users looking to browse images already posted under the hashtags will be presented with the warning, they won't be warned if they attempt to upload a picture using the hashtag. "Animal abuse and the sale of endangered animals or their parts are not allowed on Instagram". "The message reads, in part, 'You are searching for a hashtag that may be associated with posts that encourage harmful behavior to animals or the environment'".
In relation to the new addition to Instagram's community guidelines, users will also be prohibited to access any photo that Instagram has tagged as showing animal abuse.
If someone's behavior is interrupted, hopefully they'll think, maybe there's something more here, or maybe I shouldn't just automatically like something or forward something or repost something if Instagram is saying to me there's a problem with this photo."I think it's important for the community right now to be more aware". World Animal Protection investigators found that animals are snatched from the wild - often illegally - and used by irresponsible tour operators who cruelly exploit and injure wildlife to entertain and provide harmful photo opportunities for tourists. The website now bans images related to animal cruelty and abuse, as well as images that aim to sell endangered species through the social media website.
"The majority are really unaware of a lot of the awful conditions and disgusting treatment that wild animals experience, so that we can really capture special vacation selfies".