Facebook support responsible breeders

Facebook support responsible breeders

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Jessica D started this petition to Facebook

Facebook recently has become very strict on “animal sales” and while I agree that there are WAY to many bad breeders using Facebook for selling puppies, there is a lot of good breeders who use Facebook to find homes for their puppies. Let me explain my idea. 

I suggest that Facebook requires that if a breeder wants to advertise on Facebook they have to have a “business page” and requires that the breeder provides proof of proper licensing per their state and county guidelines. I suggest this because backyard breeders are NOT licensed, they don’t pay their taxes, and they certainly do not want to post their real name attached to their business license. Breeders then should not be allowed to advertise in groups, perfectly fine! But can pay to “promote” their posts as ads. Or maybe even suggest that breeders pay a $10 fee a month to have a business page, maybe this could be donated to rescues, and that the breeders are required yearly to update their license information if anything changes. Yes this will require more work on facebooks part, but guess what? You will be showing that you support responsible breeders and do not tolerate BYB, or puppy mills. You will show that it’s important to you that the breeds continue to be bred responsibly and that you understand the dog world needs responsible breeders in order to continue “purebred lines”. 

Facebook allows pet stores to advertise on Facebook, but let me explain how this is actually more harmful to animals welfare then allowing responsible breeders; pet stores do not get their dogs from reputable breeders, however they do get them from cheap puppy mills, or BYB for a very low price. The parents to these puppies are severely neglected and abused, they don’t receive love, they don’t receive vet care, and are bred from 6 months-death some having upwards of 12 (yes 12!) litters in their lifetime. These puppies are exposed daily to viruses by allowing the public to see and touch them all day long during business hours, this results is sick or dying puppies. So why is Facebook supporting purchasing from pet stores (which get their dogs from puppy mills) if they are “concerned about the welfare of animals”. 

The reason it’s important for Facebook to allow responsible breeders to remain on Facebook is because: it allows buyers to “check out” and “investigate” their breeder by seeing their posts, their personal Facebook, and seeing how their animals are treated. It allows breeders to check out potential clients, and help ensure they are a safe, responsible home. It is easy to do a Facebook search/ check someone’s page out vs googling someone. You can put a face to the name which allows breeders to protect themselves from risk of theft, because in the event the client comes to their home to see puppies, the breeder can know what they look like and even send screenshots of their profile to a friend Incase there is an issue that comes up. In today’s world, it is a risky thing for both buyers and breeders, if Facebook truly cared about the welfare of animals, and “customers” then you would understand the importance of being able to “verify” a potential buyer/ breeder through Facebook. 

Preventing breeders from responsibly screening homes could result in more puppies in bad situations, responsible breeders care just as much about every puppy as they do their own dogs, we love our puppies for life and care about their wellbeing for their entire life. Facebook is a vital resource for breeders and buyers, it’s truly a shame, that facebook does not see the importance of responsible breeders but allows pet stores to sell puppies from puppy mills. 

Responsible breeders care just as much about animal welfare and preventing BYB & puppy mills as rescuers do.

In regards to people rehoming animals for free on Facebook, we don’t want to see a rise in shelter population due to people not being able to responsibly place their animals in homes by using Facebook. I have seen many people get blocked simply by sharing pictures of their new puppy on Facebook... I understand the motive behind what Facebook is doing, however it is doing more harm then good when you are preventing people from finding good homes for their beloved animals they can no longer keep. Now days it is very dangerous for people to give animals away for free .... with Facebook allowing only free animals to be posted it sadly will result in an increase of animals used for bait.... or picked up by abusive/ neglectful homes. “Free” animals attracts the wrong crowd of people. 

All and all I hope that Facebook can see the value in allowing responsible breeders, and allows people to rehome their animals with a fee. 

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