eBay Classifieds gives backyard breeders and puppy mills a place to list their advertisements. These types of breeders, who sell puppies for a profit, often do not have the dogs’ best interest at heart. The parents of the cute puppies live on wire floor cages in cramped, filthy conditions until their usefulness as breeding animals has been exhausted. At this point, dogs are disposed of in whatever way is most convenient to the breeder—be it a bullet to the head, research lab, or other means. The puppies are rarely screened for congenital health issues and are usually poorly socialized. Buying a puppy from a mill often leads to multiple vet visits to get the puppy healthy.
Many puppy mills are inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which has a poor track record of finding and dealing with problems. In fact, a recent internal audit found the “enforcement process was ineffective,” “inspectors did not cite or document violations properly,” and “APHIS [Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service] misused guidelines to lower penalties for AWA [Animal Welfare Act] violators,” among other serious problems with inspection and regulation. Additionally, breeders who sell over the Internet are not subject to any of USDA’s inspections, however inadequate. These breeders, unchecked and often inhumane, flock to online services, such as eBay Classifieds.
As USDA’s audit shows, we cannot rely on government agencies to ensure the humane treatment of animals in our society. It is up to concerned individuals and morally guided companies and organizations. eBay already disallows the sale of live animals on its auction sites, ask the company to follow through and spread the policy to its other sites.
Take Action: Write to eBay Inc. and eBay Classifieds and let the companies know that you expect better. Ask them to disallow live animal sales on all of their online sites.
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