Campaign growing to urge eBay to stop allowing animal sales on its classified section

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A press release this morning from Change.org reports over 100,000 animal lovers have joined the online campaign to urge eBay to ban animal sales from the classified section of its website.

eBay does not allow these sales under its auction section, but it is allowed on eBay Classifieds.

One of the many important statements in the press release is this – “” Puppy mills are commercial breeders who mass-produce animals under inhumane conditions, resulting in heath and behavior problems that buyers often don’t discover until after they’ve taken their new pet home. “”

This is one huge message that needs to be spread far and wide. Too many people are still buying puppies from stores and online –  falsely believing this is the best way to go. Buying puppies in stores and online are of two worst possible options.

It would be like going downtown and selecting a baby sitter for your kid by just approaching people who are standing on the street corners.

Also from the release – “” Six months ago, Felissa Elfenbein of the Two Little Cavaliers blog urged animal lovers to contact the company, leading to a grassroots campaign on Change.org asking eBay to stop selling live animals on all of its sites. Half a year later more than 100,000 people have joined the petition drive. “”

And – “” Animal activists argue that it’s impossible for eBay to monitor the health or welfare of animals listed on its site, and believe the only way for the company to stop supporting animal cruelty is by shutting down its pet listings or expanding its partnership with Petfinder.com to allow adoption listings only.

“” The Change.org petition calls on eBay Classifieds to end its live animal listings out of concern that the site is providing a marketplace for puppy mills and unethical breeders to deceive consumers. Internet anonymity, like that provided by eBay, makes it difficult to hold the people responsible for these abuses accountable.

“” Although eBay Classifieds’ policy does not allow breeders with “a history of non-compliance inspections with the USDA” to list on their site, there is a loophole in federal law that allows kennels selling directly to consumers via online or classified ads to bypass USDA oversight. As a result, conscientious consumers are misled into believing that sellers on eBay Classifieds have been subject to inspections to ensure that their animals are treated humanely. “”

This should be a no-brainer for eBay. Allowing online sales of animals in this way is backdoor support for puppy mill sales because it’s too easy unethical breeders to hide in the shadows and sell in this way.