Gumtree currently allows free animal trade on it's site with limited stipulations pertaining to animal welfare. This includes puppies and kittens being advertised at under 8 weeks of age, often diseased or malnourished, animals that are not not sterilised, microchipped or registered.
Whilst Gumtree stipulates that puppies and kittens are not to be advertised under 8 weeks of age there appears to be zero policing of this. A recent search on gumtree found many 'free kittens' under 8 weeks of age, one seller actually offering $10 to people to take one of four kittens. It is not uncommon for these animals to suffer abuse at the hands of people who have cruel intentions, cannot afford them, heartless breeders or worse use them for live baiting and feed them to other pets such as snakes.
The only sellers who should be allowed to advertise animals on gumtree are those who are doing it responsibly such as registered rescue organisations, these ensure the animals are going to forever homes and will be properly cared for rather than be abused or killed. These animals are totally vulnerable and voiceless. We need do all we can to ensure they are going to safe and loving homes. Urge Gumtree (owned by EBay) to stop all animals being given away free and only allow registered rescue organisations to advertise animals on their sites. Urge them to strengthen their current stipulations for these organisations such as price required; age restrictions of the animals, health, sterilisation, microchips and registration.