Target: Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark
Goal: Prohibit free pet listings to avoid domestic animal use as hunting targets.
Hunters in Marion County, Oregon, have recently been caught using cats and dogs as targets for rifle practice. According to witnesses, the hunters find pets on Craigslist that are posted for free and then take them into the woods for slaughter. Craigslist must prohibit free animal listings in order to ensure that pets go to loving homes.
The use of free Craigslist pets for sinister activities is nothing new. It wasn’t long ago that a teenager in Texas was caught for a bizarre torture experiment that left three ‘free’ kittens mutilated and dead. More commonly, these animals are used for dog fights, snake food, laboratory testing, and other similar acts of cruelty. While charging a fee for these animals will not guarantee their safety, it should drastically decrease the trend of abuse. People are less willing to destroy something they’ve had to pay for.
Currently, Craigslist prohibits the commercial selling of domestic animals in an effort to reduce irresponsible commercial breeding, though small re-homing fees are allowed. Unfortunately, animals given at no charge are most in danger, since potential owners have nothing to lose by taking them. Re-homing fees demonstrate that the family is willing and able to make the financial commitment that comes with pet ownership. It also encourages more careful consideration of the decision to own an animal, which should never be taken lightly.
Help protect innocent animals from neglect, abuse, and slaughter. By signing the petition below, you can urge Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark to ban the listing of free animals on his website.
Dear Mr. Newmark,
Many cases of animal abuse and neglect have unfortunate beginnings with Craigslist. Most recently, individuals in Oregon have been caught using domestic animals as living targets for hunting practice. Other abusive activities such as dog fighting and laboratory testing are common fates for free pets listed on your website. While there is no way to guarantee an end to these inhumanities, it is certainly possible to reduce them. By prohibiting the listing of free animals on your site, you can increase the chances that these animals are going to a good home.
Pets without re-homing fees are most in danger of abuse, since potential owners have nothing to lose by taking them. People who are willing to pay reasonable fees for animals demonstrate their ability to fulfill the financial commitment that comes with pet ownership. It also encourages more careful consideration when making the decision to own a pet. Please help to weed out poor pet owners and protect innocent animals by prohibiting free animal listings on Craigslist.
[Your Name Here]
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