Some things can make my blood boil, and I reach high performance in under 10 seconds just like a racecar. Yes, there is something that I would like to see in the news and so I will stretch today’s daily prompt a little bit, because the “item” I will be talking about is not an item. It’s a web page that I would like to see in the news.
The webpage I am talking about is Craigslist (short CL), a website, that was originally founded to help people find jobs, housing and sales items. Craigslist is a classified advertisement website with different sections for jobs, housing, sales and items wanted, services, gigs and so much more.
With over 80 million new classified advertisements each month, Craigslist is the leading classifieds service in any medium. The site receives over 2 million new job listings each month, making it one of the top job boards in the world.
It could be all ‘Hunky Dory’, but it’s not.
Craigslist is now sadly the #1 stomping ground for puppy mills and animal flippers everywhere. Animals lovers and rescue shelter volunteers are outraged by it, but we stay helpless on the sideline. Snatch a dog in one city and post it in the next to make a few hundred bucks..it’s a shame.
Fees for animals that needed to be rehomed were originally allowed, with the following correct statement given by CL
As you may be aware, animals given away for free can, and unfortunately often do, meet gruesome fates. They can end up in the hands of animal abusers like Barry Herbeck, a Wisconsin man who was convicted last year of torturing and killing animals he obtained through “free to good home” ads. He confessed to taking his kids with him when responding to the ads so people would be comfortable turning animals over to him. People known as “bunchers,” who obtain animals illegally from random sources to sell to research facilities for profit, often acquire animals by answering “free to good home” ads. Small animals advertised as “free to good home” are sometimes acquired by individuals who intend to use them as bait in training other animals to fight. Gerbils, hamsters, and young kittens are often acquired to be used as snake food…..read more at Craigslist >>>here
This rule opened the door wide to puppy mills and commercial puppy farms, now hidden behind private looking ads . Same phone numbers over and over and questionable stories when we call.
The other rule on Craigslist (no animal sales or breeding — rehoming with small adoption fee is ok) is just a joke or the definition of “small” has been changed and I didn’t get the memo.
I do understand that things can happen and one might be forced, to let a beloved animal go due to circumstances. But money should never be the main interest…sadly on CL it seems to be just that. Rehoming fee for mixed breeds, talking about “shots” and “deworming” without the actual paperwork to proof is. Often those animals are sick and never saw a Vet.
People want money for a pet they shouldn’t have gotten in the first place, because -lets be honest for a moment- the most of them didn’t think it all the way through, when they got this little cute puppy or kitten…and now the animal is getting older and not so cute anymore…now it’s time to find him/her another home. Asking $300+ for a mixed breed puppy, not even up-to date on shots. Seriously??? What’s up with all these fancy names. A morkie, Corkie, Forkie is still a mixed breed, who are they trying to fool?
“I need to rehome my dog and ask for a donation to an animal shelter or the (A)SCPA to make sure my animal will not just be flipped on CL” that might be a good idea for people who really have to give up a beloved animals.
It would be a win-win-situation.
The animals can’t talk, but I can…yes, I would love to see this in the news. I would love to shed some light on this.
Link to an item in the news you’ve been thinking about lately, and write the op-ed you’d like to see published on the topic.