Ask eBay to Stop Supporting Puppy Mills

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Originally Posted: 6 March 2011

Ask eBay to Stop Supporting Puppy Mills

FROM  Best Friends

ACTION

Tell eBay that they had it right in 2005 and that selling animals through eBay Classifieds is STILL a bad idea because it supports irresponsible breeding.

Puppy breeders who sell to pet stores must be licensed by the USDA, but there’s a gaping loophole in the Animal Welfare Act that allows people who sell puppies online and through classified ads like eBay’s to get around licensing.

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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

In a disappointing move, eBay has begun allowing people to sell puppies, kittens and other animals through eBay Classifieds. This gives puppy mills and other irresponsible, possibly unlicensed animal producers a great new outlet through which to sell their “stock” to unsuspecting customers.

Puppy breeders who sell to pet stores must be licensed by the USDA, but there’s a gaping loophole in the Animal Welfare Act that allows people who sell puppies online and through classified ads like eBay’s to get around licensing. Depending on what state these breeders are in, it is legal for them to keep 1,000+ dogs in small cages for their entire lives with absolutely no oversight, and to advertise those puppies on websites like eBay Classifieds — if they continue to allow it.

In 2005, eBay almost launched a new pet sale section, but there was an overwhelmingly negative response from people who knew it would open the door for puppy mills to sell even more dogs online, and so eBay nixed the idea, admitting it wasn’t a good one.


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