Update (2/20/11): The petition has more than 85,000 signatures! Way to step up, everyone! Keep the pressure on eBay. Share the petition, post a comment on eBay’s Facebook page, tweet away!
This feels like one of those posts I shouldn’t have to write…
eBay allows live animals to be sold through the classified section of the website.
By allowing anyone to sell live animals on their site, eBay is giving backyard breeders and puppy mills an open and unregulated market. This is the kind of thing that helps puppy mills sustain their cruel operations because, like with any other business, without customers, they’d be out of business.
Plus, unlike a shelter or a responsible breeder, the online sellers aren’t doing anything to ensure that the animals are going to a good home. According to the article:
Online puppy sales not only attract puppy mills and irresponsible backyard breeders, but if you’re shipping a puppy across the country based on an eBay sale, you don’t really know who is at the other end or what they’ll do with the animal. That’s why no responsible breeder or rescuer would sell an animal on a site like eBay.
Change.org started a petition to urge eBay to stop selling live animals through the site’s classified section. As of this posting, the petition had just over 12,000 signatures. Will you add yours?