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Most would agree that sites like Craiglist are affordable and easy to use. But it's also understood that there's a certain amount of risk involved whenever you sell or purchase on the site. Nowhere is this fact more worrisome than in the "free," "wanted," and "farm & garden" categories, where animals are bought and sold. A loophole in the Craigslist terms of use means the only requirement one must meet in order to deal in animals is to list a rehoming fee.

This lax approach leads to a multitude of extremely serious issues. Backyard breeders trading in sickly animals appear reputable to the unsuspecting eye. Unvetted adopters take animals into their homes under false pretenses, often for heartbreaking purposes such as dog fighting and torture. Pet flippers who adopt pets for low fees from shelters sell the animals to the highest bidder. The list goes on and on, but Craigslist's terms of use in relation to animals must not.

Their terms of use need to change. Craigslist must absolutely and without exception ban any and all buying, selling, and giving away of animals on their site. Not tomorrow or the next day. But now.

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Dear Jim Buckmaster, CEO of Craigslist,

I am concerned about the animals who are bought, sold, and given away on your site. The requirement that a "rehoming fee" be charged in all of the above is unfortunately nothing more than a very ineffective hoop that disreputable individuals easily jump through in order to participate in what often amounts to criminal behavior.

In a recent Indianapolis Star article, a young woman's dog went missing, only to be found days later on your site, advertised for sale. Though this case ended in the woman and dog being reunited, thanks to police involvement, the majority of similar stories do not have such happy outcomes.

It's in your power to protect both the users of your site and the innocent animals who are traded every day. Reconsider your terms of use and stop the buying, selling, and giving away of animals on Craigslist.


Petition Signatures

Jul 15, 2018 Heather Kessler
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 15, 2018 AnneMarie Ansel
Jul 15, 2018 Roberta Limoli
Jul 15, 2018 Charles Hurd
Jul 15, 2018 Rhonda Hurd
Jul 15, 2018 Dianna Prescott
Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2018 Carol McDonald
Jul 14, 2018 Dawn Marie Draper-Pratt
Jul 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2018 Alana Kaplan
Jul 13, 2018 Kirsten vanheurck
Jul 13, 2018 Kirsten Deveraux
Jul 13, 2018 Karen Scarlet
Jul 13, 2018 Sarah Von Beanz
Jul 13, 2018 kristel Van Heurck
Jul 13, 2018 Pamela Powell
Jul 13, 2018 Cari Brookbanks
Jul 13, 2018 Lisa Lynch
Jul 13, 2018 caroline morrison Other sites such as gumtree should do same
Jul 13, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Jul 13, 2018 Eleonora De Giorgio
Jul 12, 2018 Deborah Terry
Jul 12, 2018 paula pell Unless you do more about this problem, you are contributing to millions of animals being abused and slaughtered in the name of greed! We are all getting tired of this!
Jul 12, 2018 Lisa Smith This practice is outrageous! Phoenix alone has over 1,000 backyard breeder dogs for sale. Please stop this heinous practice!
Jul 11, 2018 Jennifer Charles
Jul 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2018 Tere Saer
Jul 11, 2018 Michelle Mariscal
Jul 11, 2018 Bernadette Schielder
Jul 10, 2018 Sterna Viljoen
Jul 10, 2018 Susan Hildreth
Jul 10, 2018 Paula Dobbins It is better to go to your local shelter and get a pet that way.
Jul 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 10, 2018 Sarah Michelle Ybarra
Jul 9, 2018 Leah Berzon
Jul 9, 2018 Jen Rudy
Jul 9, 2018 Jennifer Tavernier
Jul 7, 2018 Natalia Savenkova
Jul 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 7, 2018 Marta Hawk
Jul 6, 2018 Deborah Maier Animals are not property.
Jul 6, 2018 KATHI BROCKMAN Pets are not property. As in the adoption of a human child, all needs done to ensure a pet is going to a forever home where he or she will be sheltered, loved and cared for in every way.
Jul 6, 2018 Jane Beardmore-Jones I am disgusted that any animal is allowed to be bought, sold and 'given away for free' on this site. It is horrifying what happens afterwards. I read recently of one man who bragged about getting certain dogs that were 'free' then killing them.
Jul 5, 2018 Christy Matherne
Jul 5, 2018 Patricia Chow
Jul 4, 2018 (Name not displayed) In my opinion Craigslist has become a joke. Years ago I did buy and sell items on Craigslist but no more. I feel the company no longer is respectable or reputable. Please bring some respect and trust back to the name Craigslist by refusing to list animals
Jul 3, 2018 Marilyn Williams

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