Due to concerns from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, puppy mill dogs will no longer be sold on the Facebook Marketplace. By doing so, the ASPCA hopes that this will decrease puppy mill sales, and therefore help meet the ultimate goal of destroying the very sick and inhumane puppy mill industry.
The puppies that come from mills are often very sick since they are kept in such horrid conditions with no food, water, veterinary care, or socialization.
Senior Director of ASPCA’s “No Pet Store Puppies” campaign, Cori Menkin, explains the hazards of purchasing puppies from puppy mills.
"Consumers who purchase a puppy from a website run the risk of acquiring an unhealthy animal and often end up with expensive vet bills and broken hearts. We hope additional online retailers and classifieds will follow this example and stop providing a platform for puppy mill sales."
Additionally, the Crime Complaint Center reports that hundreds of complaints are filed each year from victims who have been scammed when buying a dog online.
As part of the ASPCA’s campaign, the organization is working to remove puppy mill ads from the Facebook Marketplace, by restricting online listings from puppy mills. The ASPCA has been working with Facebook, as well as Oodle, since Oodle powers the Marketplace on Facebook. Ads will continue to come down, but dogs that are available for adoption will still be kept online.
Ed Sayres, ASPCA President and CEO speaks of what the ASPCA hopes to do by removing the ads for puppy mill dogs from Facebook. He says, “Removing an online platform for the cruel puppy mill industry sets a positive example of corporate citizenship and will help improve the lives of countless dogs. Most consumers are unaware they are perpetuating animal cruelty by purchasing a puppy online, and given the visibility of Marketplace on Facebook, this move has the potential to raise critical awareness about unscrupulous online breeders."
Please remember to always follow ASPCA’s “No Pet Store Puppies” campaign and do not buy any items from stores or websites that sell puppies. These items include food, supplies, or toys, and most importantly dogs. Remember to adopt from a local shelter or rescue.
For more information on the ASPCA or the organization's “No Pet Store Puppies” campaign, please visit www.aspca.org or www.NoPetStorePuppies.com.
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