Ebay Classifieds: Stop Selling Live Animals
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John Donahoe
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Alan Marks
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Jacob Aqraou
General Manager, eBay Classifieds
Deepak Thomas

Ebay Classifieds: Stop Selling Live Animals

    1. Stephanie Feldstein
    2. Petition by

      Stephanie Feldstein

      Ypsilanti, MI

Ebay doesn't allow live animals to be put up for auction, but on their Classifieds site, animal sales are fair game.

EBay claims that they have safeguards in place to protect the animals. But unless eBay is inspecting all of the operations listing pets for sale (because the USDA is not), and unless they're doing home visits on all of the people buying, how could they possibly protect the animals?

The answer: They can't. Because of a loophole in the laws, as long as animals are being sold online, the breeders don't even fall under USDA regulation. Ebay has given puppy mills a huge, unregulated platform to peddle cruelty. And it seems that they're hoping animal advocates won't notice.

Several years ago, the company planned a live animals category in their auctions. The public outcry was so strong that they abandoned the plan. But then eBay Classifieds came along, and apparently the company forgot that people didn't want to see live animals for sale on their site.

Remind eBay that people don't want to see live animals sold anywhere on their site, and ask them to shut down the live animal listings in eBay Classifieds.

Update: Ebay posted a response in the comments of the blog post about their pet sales. However, they continue to avoid the fact that online listings attract puppy mills and backyard breeders and that there is no way for them to ensure that animals come from reputable sources or end up in good homes.

In their response, eBay also referred to a partnership with Petfinder; however, if they want to help homeless pets find homes, then they should work with Petfinder to convert their services entirely to an adoption service rather than listing adoptable animals alongside puppy mill dogs.

Photo credit: Steven Arnold

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Ed Sayres, ASPCA President, Says "No" to Puppies Sold Online

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      From the ASPCA: Say "No" to Puppies Sold in Pet Stores and on the Internet (via Huffington Post)

    2. Animal Lovers Ask eBay to Stop Pet Sales

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      SF Weekly rightly questioned eBay's assertions: "We asked eBay how it accounts for sales that aren't local and how exactly it cracks down on those who don't meet the Humane Society's guidelines, but have not heard back yet."

    3. Animal Activists Urge eBay Classifieds to Shut Down Live Animal Sales

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      It's not just dogs and cats in danger from eBay Classifieds listings - bird advocates also have reason for concern.

    4. eBay: Stop Selling Pets - 101,000 Signatures

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      From Dancing Dog Blog: "After initially fiddling with words in the pets for sale area about 'safeguarding' the animals, what Ebay has done is not merely mislead customers, but they have actively participated in false advertising..."

    5. Seattle Dog Spot Calls on eBay to End Animal Ads

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "EBay banned the auction of live animals, but it still allows anyone, including disreputable puppy mills, to buy and sell dogs (and other live animals)."

    6. Pet Health Care Gazette Urges eBay Classifieds to Choose Adoption

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "If you want to give Petfinder a platform, then do that. Allow only adoptable animals posted through legitimate sites...But don't think for a moment that partnering with Petfinder justifies the continuation of your policies that support puppy mills."

    7. Bunny's Blog helps get the word out on the campaign

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Bunny's Blog supports the campaign calling on eBay Classifieds to shut down their pet listings: "If they 'do not condone the unethical treatment of animals,' it's time for them to prove it by shutting down their pet classifieds."

    8. DogTipper Joins Campaign to Ask eBay Classifieds to Stop Selling Animals

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      From DogTipper: "Why? Online animal sales are a dream come true for puppy mills. The Internet, for all the many benefits it has brought the pet world, has sadly made it easy for these inhumane breeding businesses to prosper."

    9. Keep the pressure on eBay through social media this week

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to everyone who shared this campaign on Twitter tonight. Help spread the word on Facebook and in your GooglePlus and LinkedIn networks, too. Let's keep the pressure on!

    10. Live Tweet on the Campaign to End eBay Classifieds Pet Listings Tonight

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Join @Felissahada and @changeAnimals on Twitter from 8-9:30pm EST TONIGHT with the hashtag #endpuppymills to talk about ending @eBayClassifieds pet sales.

    11. More Than 100,000 People Ask eBay Classifieds to Stop Selling Animals

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Several years ago, eBay considered the creation of a live animals auction category. Following protests from pet lovers, eBay decided to maintain its policy against live animal listings. But only when it came to auctions. While you won't see a bidding...

    12. 100K Back Petition to Get eBay to Stop Selling Animals via Classifieds

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Will eBay continue to ignore more than 100,000 people? Check out additional actions you can take to urge eBay to help stop irresponsible breeding.

    13. Reached 100,000 signatures
    14. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Share this petition on Facebook and Twitter and help us reach 100,000 signatures!

    15. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Vegan Political Prisoner Steve Murphy Urges Supporters to Boycott eBay in Opposition of Live Animal Sales:

      Steve's supporters had been considering using eBay to raise money to help Steve maintain a vegan diet while in prison, but Steve said: "I would rather go hungry than support an organization that traffics abused and neglected animals for profit.”

      His official statement posted on the Support Steve website reads: “I will never give this organization a dime so long as they continue to profit off the misery these precious little creatures suffer at the hands of greedy people. I know it's a great way to raise money for people like me in these situations but I just couldn't accept it knowing that on a different page of the website some jerk is trying to sell animals he breeds in cages in his backyard for profit. BOYCOTT EBAY!!! Tell them in no uncertain terms to STOP profiting off the abuse of animals.”

    16. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Another dark side of classifieds pet sales: The man who was recently arrested for torturing and killing 29 dogs had acquired them through classified ads:

    17. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The woman who sold the abused puppy over Kijiji has been charged with animal cruelty: eBay can help prevent cruelty and protect consumers from these situations by not giving irresponsible breeders a marketplace.

    18. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to National Anti-Vivisection Society for sharing the petition: Keep the pressure on!

    19. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Congress has reintroduced the PUPS Act, which will help close the loophole that allows puppy mills selling direct to consumers (i.e. online) to escape regulation:

      Even if the PUPS Act passes this year, eBay shouldn't rely on the USDA to ensure that they aren't supporting animal cruelty (especially given the USDA's dismal record of keeping up with inspections). eBay Classifieds needs to stop allowing live animal sales that support puppy mills and backyard breeders.

    20. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Call, write, boycott -- whatever it takes to convince eBay to refuse puppy mill patronage (via the Independent Collegian):

    21. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks Vegansaurus! for helping spread the word: Only 9,000 signatures until we reach 100,000!

    22. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Please share on Facebook and Twitter to help us reach the 100,000 mark. We're less than 10,000 signatures away!

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Sonia Khan LONGVIEW, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Stop breeders and puppy mills...too many pets being killed and abused daily to support this industry.

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    • jill ault BELTON, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      Stop selling live animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • J W SACRAMENTO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      eBay knows better and I will stop using them until they clean up their act.

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    • Michelle Alvarado WHITTIER, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Please assist in putting in end to the reckless and unnecessary suffering of puppy mill animals and unfit owners

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    • Dominique Vous W.YARMOUTH, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Animals/pets deserve to have good homes with people who love them. ANY responsible seller should check the buyer BEFORE selling!!!! PLEASE don't let unchecked sales of these living creatures continue.

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