Stop the selling of live fish on Ebay
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Stop the selling of live fish on Ebay

    1. Alalia B
    2. Petition by

      Alalia B

      Torpoint, United Kingdom

I have literally just discovered that Ebay are selling live fish and snails etc which can be posted to anywhere. Many of these fish die in transit in little polystyrene boxes but apparently Ebay find it ok. They are starved for at least 24 hours .. up to 3 days .. before postage. Royal Mail in the UK prohibit the transit of live fish but on Ebay today there are hundreds of listings stating Royal Mail as the carrier. Surely Ebay are helping people to abuse these fish and also break the law.

If it is ok then why not start selling puppies and kittens?! They are all living, breathing creatures, be them an Alsation or a Japanese fighting fish. But according to Ebay, if the fish is less then 5cm then it is ok. Over 5cm need to collected in person or sent next day delivery .. but Ebay cannot ensure this happens. They do not mention the fact that fish are being caught in the sea and sent via post which is totally wrong on a million levels.

If you look on Ebay, fish and other Aquarium 'good's' are being sent overseas so it is obvious that their policies are not being adhered to and there is no way they can enforce them anyway.

I have been informed by someone that buys fish through Ebay that a lot of them arrive dead but according to Ebay this is fine.

Ebay also find it ok to allow the sale of live crabs and lobsters. They cannot ensure that they are over the legal landing measurements, they cannot ensure that they are not contaminated and they cannot ensure that they are not carrying eggs, so why are they continuing to sell these creatures?! Ahhhhh .. that would have to be because of the money generated I imagine.

I would like to petition Ebay to stop selling live goods at all. Thank you for taking the time to read and sign. Im sure we can make a difference.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Facebook

      Alalia B
      Petition Organizer

      I have written to Ebay .. on Facebook as well as through email. Yet again sending an example of their incompetance. If anyone could comment on it on their wall that would be fantastic .. and please share this petition. Thank you very much x

    3. Reached 200 signatures
    4. The latest response from Ebay to my complaint

      Alalia B
      Petition Organizer

      I understand how you feel about this. Out of safety and welfare concerns for the creatures involved, eBay does not permit the trade of live animals on it's platform. There may be issues in their handling or may be prohibited by the carrying company themselves.
      The sales of the following items are permitted, as long as the seller guarantees in the listing that the animals will be packaged safely and posted via next day delivery:
      - Aquarium or pond fish, snails or similar creatures.
      - Lobsters, crabs, shellfish and other similar creatures that are live when sold but intended for human consumption.
      - Live insects, crickets and worms used as bait or feeder food for pets.
      eBay also permits the sale of hatching eggs provided the seller offers domestic-only postage within the UK
      I will take this as a suggestion and I've already forwarded this to our site developers for review. Feel free to contact us again.
      Gary Mannering
      eBay UK Customer Support

    5. Just let everyone know about the Facebook group I have set up ..

      Alalia B
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for signing .. lets keep on complaining to Ebay and get their policies changed to end this cruelty. Please share the link to this petition in any way you can. Thank you again.

    6. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Cameron Duncan DUNDEE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      This is wrong...

    • jenny taylor L A, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Ebay think they are ABOVE THE LAW! Time they got a their legs slapped..

    • Irmgard Gutersohn ASPERG, GERMANY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Is there anything Ebay doesn't sell? SHAME ON YOU!

      • almost 2 years ago

      I found this on Twitter and I want to save the fish.

      • almost 2 years ago

      Selling and transporting living creatures in this way is totally inhumane


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