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PUREBRED PET HOLOCAUST
Reader reveals eBay Classifieds prejudice against hobby breeders, its alliance with HSUS, and makes a startling observation about advertising purebred dogs.
Editor's note 8/4/17 eBay discontinued its classified August 2016. TheDogPlace.org was the first dog-site (1998) and remains the most authentic. They have always offered dog breed information and are contemplating accepting "puppies for sale" advertising. In the meantime, AKC's website promotes litter advertising.
Aug 2017 update - July 2014 | TheDogPress.com
Nina Garcetti (email withheld)
I have advertised my puppies (when I have had them) on eBay Classified (formally Kijiji) for years. I have a nice little stud fee puppy that I am looking for a good home for locally, so I tried listing him there.
When I searched for it (Kijiji) I couldn't find it but it looks like it is now ebay. So I attempted to advertise my puppy. I did so but then it was kicked off. I really didn’t want to list in the local paper so I persisted in trying to solve the mystery about why my listing was removed.
After looking around some more, I found a reference to eBay classifieds "Pet Policies". I really didn't like what I found! I've cut & pasted the link below.
http://info.ebayclassifieds.com/helpcenter/index.php?article=82 (no longer active)
You really should read it and tell your users that it seems HSUS now is keeping a database of unapproved breeders. eBay’s policies starts by referring to federal, state, and local laws “standardized for living conditions” (is that APHIS that you write about?) and “animal interest groups” and making “unethical profiteers accountable”. Right out of the HSUS playbook. And obtaining the newly required USDA Pet Shop license gets you automatic "puppy mill status" with them.
Apparently eBay Classifieds now cross checks with the HSUS database for every ad placed for pets. Although I don't appear on their list, and I am not the breeder of the puppy, I needed to check the "breeder box" to be authorized to sell my puppy. Since I checked "owner" they rejected it! How the HSUS has managed to convince eBay and the pet buying public that they are the only clearing house for "responsible breeders" is unfathomable. This is beyond disturbing. It's outrageous!
If you can see any way the American pet buying public will be able to buy a purebred dog in two years, please let me know. This is The Purebred Pet Holocaust. Be very afraid!
- Nina Garcetti
Nina was right about the end of privately produced pets. Puppy farms and imported "pets for sale" sources abound. Animal rights advocates are coming at us from every direction. Hobby breeders fear advertising in newspaper classifieds, nor do they want to be seen on the “puppies for sale” websites. They are afraid the local animal control will see their advertisement and come after them.
Several show breeders told us they tried advertising their puppies in show magazines but quickly discovered they have a very limited readership which does not include people looking for a family pet.
We recommend TheDogPlace.org (home page) which is visited by over a million people a year, most of whom are families looking for a pet. Show breeders looking for outcross genes or a new breed also go to the All-Breeds Gallery and The-Dog-e-Book dog breeder listings.
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