Pets for sale on Gumtree…
An article by guest blogger Jenkins .. .DogLost s Admin for found dogs.
“A few weeks, I wrote to Gumtree to complain about their “Free to Good Home” adverts and adverts with very low selling prices. I sent them a picture of a dog that has been used for dog baiting to let them understand my concerns about what can happen to dogs advertised via their site.
As expected, I received a totally inadequate response which stated “Animal welfare is our number one priority in our Pets category. Our goal is that all animals advertised for sale online are advertised legally and ethically. We rely on users doing everything they can to check their furry (or scaly) friend is going to a responsible home.“ They then referred to their Rehoming Guide and listed the clauses.
I responded back to them “Most of the people who place these ads don’t care what happens to these animals (dogs, or cats or whatever) and will not read your rehoming guides. They only want to be rid of them and don’t have any interest who takes them and whether they are going to a good home!! What Gumtree need to do is STOP PEOPLE PLACING THESE ADVERTS IN THE FIRST PLACE. You should only accept adverts advertising dogs particularly above a certain value, perhaps £100 and that will greatly reduce these animals getting in the wrong hands and be used for dog baiting. No animal should be advertised on your site for FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
I asked them to refer my comments to someone in authority who can make decisions but I am not holding out hope of anyone in Gumtree paying attention.
Meanwhile, there is a petition circulating which over 182,000 people have already signed so if you feel as strongly about this as me, please sign and let’s get this ended for once and for all! “
Animals bought via Gumtree could go on to be used for breeding or even as bait in dog fights. (182146 signatures on petition)