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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 22, 2018 Patricia Keene
Jul 21, 2018 DEBRA WILSON
Jul 21, 2018 cheryl dranzo adopt from reputable shelters
Jul 21, 2018 Mary Santana Pets aren’t products or “property” to be sold, traded or otherwise disposed of as if they are trash! They are beautiful innocent LIVING beings that deserve to be treated with the LOVE AND RESPECT! Please stop this dangerous & horrendous practice now!
Jul 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2018 jmeterFirstName jmeterLastName jmeterComment
Jul 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2018 Nicole Piligian
Jul 20, 2018 karen reedy
Jul 19, 2018 SHERRIE BURKETT these are living beings,be their voice in stead of their death!
Jul 19, 2018 Vanessa Bäßler
Jul 19, 2018 Robyn Ballweg
Jul 19, 2018 Annie Krochmalny
Jul 19, 2018 Christine Churchill
Jul 19, 2018 Carol Liles
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) Craigslist, please show some accountability. In situations like this, people don't remember the name of the vendor - they remember the name Craigslist.
Jul 18, 2018 Katja Siirasto
Jul 18, 2018 Danielle Osterweil
Jul 18, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) Do not accept ads for puppies and kittens. These may be from irresponsible breeders, sickly animals or false ads for animals that do not exist.
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName915961413888562 jmetetlastName158233451954826 jmeterComment8227
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName500905518127251 jmetetlastName691558797110266 jmeterComment350
Jul 18, 2018 Terri Raimondo
Jul 18, 2018 yvonne Ryder
Jul 18, 2018 Maryanne Preli
Jul 17, 2018 Joan Kelly
Jul 17, 2018 Sahsha States
Jul 17, 2018 Bree Gosselink
Jul 17, 2018 Cheri Long
Jul 17, 2018 Mary O'Neil
Jul 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2018 Diane Krawec
Jul 17, 2018 Kim Taylor
Jul 17, 2018 Laura McGhie
Jul 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2018 Ruth Griffith This is no place for finding your "best friend". Please don't just look for a bargain and endanger innocent dogs and cats in possible shady dealings.
Jul 17, 2018 margaret strane
Jul 17, 2018 Belinda Biddle
Jul 17, 2018 Tricia Talbot
Jul 17, 2018 Marilyn Whitmore
Jul 17, 2018 Shawn Grause
Jul 17, 2018 Deneisa Hemmings
Jul 17, 2018 Elizabeth Trapp
Jul 16, 2018 Nancy Orhun
Jul 16, 2018 Katherine Tuttle
Jul 15, 2018 Heather Kessler
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 15, 2018 AnneMarie Ansel

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