There are things that are considered wrong by a lot of people, however, one cannot do anything about them because they don't violate the law. Keeping that in mind, I asked the Bored Panda community to share some examples of what they think should be illegal but is not. Apparently, there are many things!

Here are the responses from our Pandas. What do you think should be illegal but is not? Let me know in the comments!

#1

Children's beauty pageants - parading kids in lipstick and padded bikinis - is wrong.

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Shelby P
Community Member
1 year ago

also, schools using kids to sell garbage products as fundraisers

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#2

Removing puppies' tails or ears for cosmetic purposes. One of the most stupid things ever done to an animal.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

I agree, thankfully it is illegal in many western countries.

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#3

The Pink Tax and making pads, tampons, and other essential items ridiculously expensive. I recently had to pay 10 dollars for a pack of 24.

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it's Wednesday my dudes.
Community Member
1 year ago

we need them. its not like having a period is a choice. its not like when its my time of the month I can just be like "ya know what? I'm not gonna bleed today. I'm super broke."

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#4

Politicians voting on their own pay raises.

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Gabby M
Community Member
1 year ago

I believe WE should be voting on that not them.

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#5

The American Health Care System. And anyone who makes a profit from it.

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Alex_cat lover
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes yes and yes

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#6

Listening to music or videos on your phone in public without headphones!!

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vicious_circle
Community Member
1 year ago

YES YES YESSS THAT IS SOOO ANNNOYING

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#7

Ads that put a fake X in the corner to basically force you into their clickbait.

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blue
Community Member
1 year ago

This very site does this. When on my phone a pop up in left corner now. Click the corner X to close and open click bait.

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#8

CEOs making billions of dollars while their employees work 2 or more jobs just to keep a roof over their family’s heads.

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Helen Haley
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, the wage disparity has become ridiculous.

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#9

How drug companies make “need to live” medical products cost more than one’s paycheck. Example: insulin, EpiPens, and anti-rejection meds for organ transplant patients.

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Ange Di
Community Member
1 year ago

Thyroid meds!!! I could die without this!

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#10

In the U.S., advertising for pharmaceutical drugs. Your healthcare providers should be the ones suggesting what drugs may be beneficial to you, not a bunch of TV commercials.

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Alex_cat lover
Community Member
1 year ago

Definitely

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#11

Bullying. Punishments are too light for both child and adult offenders.

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serenagun
Community Member
1 year ago

honestly, i've been bullied and NO ONE did ANYTHING about it

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#12

Gender Reveal Parties (or at least the ones that require explosives)

It's so dumb and people are always getting hurt from these. Popping a balloon is one thing, but firing a cannon? Not okay.

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Dawn Sardella-Ayres
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Why is everyone so invested in someone's kid's genitals?! The best gender reveal party would involve popping a balloon that sprinkled biodegradable purple confetti, followed by "Yakkity Sax" blasting on speakers while a couple people in fairy wings skip around with signs that say "Gender is a social construct," "Kids are more than gender," and "Ask me about my personally signed copy of Judith Butler's Gender Trouble."

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#13

Animal abuse.

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J Sizz
Community Member
1 year ago

Pretty sure that is illegal.

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#14

unpaid internships

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lemsip
Community Member
1 year ago

It's slave labour and why keep somebody on once the internship is over when you can hire somebody else for nothing. Also it discriminates against people who don't have parents to financially support them while carrying out an unpaid internship.

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#15

Employers not paying a living wage.

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John C
Community Member
1 year ago

Fingers crossed - we're getting closer every day.

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#16

Guns and automatic weapons. I've had a loaded gun pointed at me three different times in my life. Sooner or later, my luck will run out.

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riley_is_not_your_friend
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh definitely. If their not made fully illegal at least automatic Weapons should be banned for the public.

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#17

Plastic clam shell packaging. Especially when it's used for a knife or pair of scissors.

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K.J. Heidebrecht
Community Member
1 year ago

👍

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#18

For-profit health insurance companies. Another one: for-profit news organizations. I'm tired of "news" being more about evoking a visceral emotional response to get more clicks and money as opposed to thoughtfully laying out facts and reality (appealing to the intellect).

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Dawn Sardella-Ayres
Community Member
1 year ago

For profit colleges and universities.

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#19

Bullfighting

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, 100%

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#20

Not being paid equally because you're not male. Like, how has this not been written into law!

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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 year ago

Indeed. Everyone knows it's still happening, but governments aren't changing it, except Iceland. I think they've made it law for all genders to be paid equally.

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#21

Spam. Junkmail, that is (not the canned meat product).

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Although the canned meat product should be too lol.

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#22

Littering. Whoever gets caught dumping their trash somewhere where it doesn't belong (beach, ocean, streets, parks) should pay a fine or face legal proceedings.

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Everett Huband
Community Member
1 year ago

Where I live technically you do have to pay a fine, but it isnt ever inforced.

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#23

I think that child marriage (marriage below 18) should be illegal with NO exceptions. It creates so much trouble for the kids, yet so many states still have many loopholes. Only a few have a strict ban. NO parental consent, NO exceptions, and KEEP it that way. Sometimes it is used to keep a rapist out of jail because the child is pregnant. There was actually a case, by the way, where a girl's father or mother had her married because her boyfriend got her pregnant while drunk. She only consented because she loved him, and she was happy to be a mother. Sadly, the child miscarried during the wedding, but her folks never got punished for this. Instead, they went to a different state to get consent from a judge. Man, life is wrong!

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qwerty
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, yes and yes.

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#24

Lobbying.

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BingeFest1
Community Member
1 year ago

Could not agree more

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#25

Chewing gum and then sticking it on things which are not in a bin should be banished.

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Montana
Community Member
1 year ago

Arent they banning it cause it aint good for nature does not biodegrade?

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#26

The gay panic defense (in some states is banned, most not though). Basically, it’s legal for someone to MURDER a gay person if they claim that they had an “uncontrollable reaction” to seeing a gay person. Yeah. I believe the men who murdered Matthew Shephard tried to use this defense.

Should definitely be banned.

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lucy dale
Community Member
1 year ago

yes yes yes 100% (or make it so whoever uses this has to be put into a mental health facility because, if they supposedly have 'uncontrollable reactions' to gay people they need to be put into a place where they wont be a danger to society)

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#27

Overloaded sugar in drinks and snacks.

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lemsip
Community Member
1 year ago

They don't need that much sweetening but it's even worse when the sugar is replaced with sucralose, saccharin, aspartame or asesulfame-K. I like some tanginess.

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#28

Kissing babies that are not your own!

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Bella, Your Kitty-Loving Queen
Community Member
1 year ago

Wait- eww people do that?? I mean I kiss my baby cousin but she’s my cousin!

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#29

trump

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Callum McLeod
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

yes. If I'm downvoted I know whom it's from.

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#30

Smoking right at the entrance / exit of a building. I always have to cross a "smoke screen" when I exit the train station or want to enter a hospital. Some hospitals have taken action to create a "smoke area" away from their doors and I think it should be so for every public facility.

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Donkey boi
Community Member
1 year ago

In the UK you have to be a minimum of 6ft away from an entryway or exit.

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#31

Fireworks. They upset my dog.

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Anonymousplease
Community Member
1 year ago

I think a lot of people would be mad about that because they are a fun tradition for some people. I used to love fireworks, but now I am scared of them because they are dangerous and I don't like loud noise anymore.

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#32

Doing things to a child because the parent consented. From kissing to ear piercings to stealing. Especially if the child is old enough to tell you if you can or can't.

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Allan Breum
Community Member
1 year ago

Yup, the concept of Circumcision comes to mind here.

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#33

Gerrymandering by sitting politicians

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Coleen
Community Member
1 year ago

Gerrymandering by anyone.

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#34

Excessive and unnecessary plastic packaging on products.

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I I
Community Member
1 year ago

just all plastic , be so much easier

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#35

meta-data harvest/banking and data-profiling.

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Suzanne Tilson
Community Member
1 month ago

Especially menstrual cycle apps, now that the pro birthers have won this battle...just not the war

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#36

Spreading anti-vax information to any public platform

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Huddo's sister
Community Member
1 month ago

Any mention of vaccines on Facebook in Australia now gets a link to the real information by the government/health system, regardless if it's about a covid one

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#37

Showing school children in programs as being sexually attractive.

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K.J. Heidebrecht
Community Member
1 year ago

Reminds me of a perfume from the 1970s called Love's Baby Soft. Their full-page ad on the backs of magazines offered (yes, that's the right word) a girl of no more than 12 wearing makeup - complete with sticky red lips - looking into the camera, cuddling a teddy bear.

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#38

Having a system of government that transfers wealth upwards.

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Daniel Marsh
Community Member
1 year ago

Regulation is the means by which the wealthy and powerful use government to protect their market share. The notion of a "well-regulated free market" is oxymoronic. As information technology expands, economies are increasingly able to be controlled not by regulation, but by informed choices. So Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Disney, GM, Exxon, etc., urgently convince people that they need more regulation. Absent governmental controls (like 100-year copyrights, frivolous patents, etc.), wealth and power will obey the law of entropy.

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#39

The electoral college

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Lee
Community Member
1 year ago

I mean, simply stating here, it’s controversial bc while it does give other small cities and states better recognition, it also was enacted bc America was founded by rich white men who did not want the poor white men “interfering”with the government. So if it was created to keep “uneducated” opinions from tainting the presidential vote, is it really still necessary in a society full of much more educated people than there were in the 18th century? Guess it really kind of depends on knowledge extents and educated opinions.

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#40

Over testing in schools. I feel more like a lab rat than a 5th grade kid!

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Virgil Blue
Community Member
1 year ago

But how else will we knowledge when you are ready for the next stage of the experiment. Err next class.

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#41

The 2 party system

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BingeFest1
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes! Washington said a two party system would only cause a divide

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#42

catcalling women

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NaChO tHe UnIcOrN
Community Member
1 year ago

In addition, women should respect men the same way. I'm in high school and just the way people talk to each other... it's so sexual and uncomfortable without the receiver's consent. It doesn't matter the gender, it's the action in general. And before you downvote me, I am a girl

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#43

Monday's. Nobody likes them so lets ban that day

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Robert Trebor
Community Member
1 month ago

February, too. It's short, nobody likes it, and just to be a pain in the butt, every four years they add a day.

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#44

Germany’s age of sexual consent laws: The age of sexual consent in Germany is 14, and it means that a 65 year old man can fully legitimately and legally have sex with a 14 year old girl. How on earth can that be????

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Stephanie
Community Member
1 year ago

That's not true. If one of them is over 18, it's illegal.

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#45

Cigarettes

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BorPand8
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, because Prohibition and the War on Drugs worked so very very well 🙄

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