Petition: stop puppy milling on TradeMe

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Petition: stop puppy milling on TradeMe

Post by digidog » Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:53 pm

Animal advocacy group Paw Justice has started a campaign to reign in the practice of "puppy milling - effectively factory farming of puppies. They hope to convince Trade Me to put the following regulations in place.
1. Every dog sold online must be microchipped and the number listed on the advertisement.

2. If the puppy sold is under 3 months, then the bitch's microchip number must be listed.

3. Only one litter of puppies can be listed under each dog's microchip number every two years, with a maximum of three litters in a dog's lifetime.

4. The breeding dog must be aged between 2 and 6 and buyers must be shown vet paperwork and the breeding facilities before the sale can be completed.

5. The full trading history of every trader should be visible, showing all animals bought and sold, as well as feedback from buyers.

6. Buyers must be shown vet paperwork and the breeding facilities before buying their puppy. This will be enforced by the buyer who has the right to refuse to complete the contract for sale until the seller has complied with the rules.

http://www.donttrademe.co.nz/
Campbell Live ran a poll last week asking 'Should Trade Me allow the sale of animals?" The result -- a resounding 89% said 'No!' This TV3 on-demand story uses some genuine horror stories which demonstrate some of the pitfalls of buying puppies via TradeMe.

http://www.3news.co.nz/tvshows/campbell ... 2015033119

Kerre McIvor also covers this issue in today's Herald.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/ ... d=11427926

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Re: Petition: stop puppy milling on TradeMe

Post by digidog » Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:07 am

Trade Me says it's working on a "voluntary" code of responsible breeding in consultation with Safe and the SPCA. While Paw Justice is happy to see Trade Me working on the issue, they say a voluntary code doesn't go far enough. I'd have to agree.
"We applaud Trade Me for making changes but if the new code of conduct is voluntary, it won't solve the problem of puppy milling -- the only people who will volunteer are those who are likely to be already breeding and selling responsibly

"We know there are many legitimate, responsible breeders and sellers on Trade Me however regulations which require mandatory compliance before people can list their animals are needed to deter irresponsible breeders who are only in it for the profit."

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Re: Petition: stop puppy milling on TradeMe

Post by digidog » Sun May 17, 2015 5:30 am

Campbell Live has run further stories on puppy mills and the people behind them. The main "kennels" exposed so far is a Palmerston North operation called Yendarra. They sell as yendarra6 on TradeMe - the owner of that account was exposed here in 2006 for running TM three accounts. Nine years on, the other two accounts are still active.

bainessepuppies
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Feedba ... ber=794008

pjay6
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Feedba ... er=1144125

Related info:
Manawatu Standard story
Campbell Live - Australia to tighten law on puppy mills
Stuuf - 'Battery farm' puppies die in pet stores
Paw Justice - "Don't TradeMe" petition

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Re: Petition: stop puppy milling on TradeMe

Post by digidog » Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:39 am

TradeMe appear to be stepping up to the mark when it comes to puppy farming. Good job!

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