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Goal: 40,000 Progress: 32,849
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

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

Nov 18, 2017 greg kaspar STOP !
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Emma Brooks
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Tara Schwenker
Nov 18, 2017 Patty Brothag
Nov 18, 2017 Alson Sachs
Nov 18, 2017 Giovanna Martinez
Nov 17, 2017 Kelly Cerbone
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
Nov 17, 2017 lisa bochter Please ban the buying/selling/advertising of animals on Craigslist. There are plenty of horror stories regarding what happens to some of these animals afterward. Please do your part to end the mistreatment. Thank you.
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 16, 2017 Heather Harvey No animal is safe on this site.
Nov 16, 2017 Tara Pecore
Nov 16, 2017 Rudolf Filip
Nov 16, 2017 Amy Cayton
Nov 16, 2017 Ashley Wong
Nov 16, 2017 Jackie Doying I will never use CL until they stop this practice!
Nov 16, 2017 Tara Taylor
Nov 16, 2017 Donna Phillips
Nov 16, 2017 Terry Tauriainen rehoming fee should have a max amount of 200 as anything other than this is actual selling of an "pet". I have personal come across hundreds of these so-called "rehoming" fees and these people are actually selling dogs up to $1000. THIS IS WRONG
Nov 16, 2017 Susanne Hesse & Doug Dyer
Nov 16, 2017 Sally Dunn I believe Craigs list pets are among the most vulnerable. The recent mass shooter in CA bragged that he used them for target practice. They're also frequently used as bait for dog fighting purposes.
Nov 16, 2017 Jeanne Bradbury
Nov 16, 2017 Elaine Metz
Nov 16, 2017 Bettina Bowers
Nov 16, 2017 Kathy Jeffrey
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2017 Joan Little
Nov 15, 2017 Lina Guerrero
Nov 15, 2017 Janina Brzezina
Nov 15, 2017 Rita Council Pets are not merchandise that you can put up for sale! These are living babies that have feelings. God only knows who your selling these poor babies to! Background checks need to be done before any animal gets adopted. We do the same for children.
Nov 15, 2017 Beverly Huff
Nov 14, 2017 janice vakili don't use Craigslist ...ever
Nov 14, 2017 Kaitlin McGonigle
Nov 14, 2017 Natalie Alexander
Nov 14, 2017 Patricia Eno The objections that appear in this petition are only part of the problem! Animals procured for minimal fees are often sold to medical labs for experimentation or to dog fighting clubs as bait dogs - and there are even worse fates possible (sacrifice,etc).
Nov 14, 2017 Lenore Hongo Pets should not be sold online!
Nov 14, 2017 Velina Ussery
Nov 14, 2017 Sandra Cobb
Nov 14, 2017 Debra Edwards
Nov 14, 2017 Nicole d'Augereaux
Nov 14, 2017 eva dru
Nov 14, 2017 Pamela Glasser Free to a good home sometimes does not turn out well and you should drop those ads immediately!
Nov 14, 2017 rita freeman
Nov 14, 2017 Lesley Fetterman
Nov 14, 2017 Sandra Larsen
Nov 13, 2017 Linda Bucheit

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