Premier Dwight Ball Please end the commercial sale of animals on classified sites in Newfoundland and Labrador

89 humane societies and SPCAs located across Canada took in over 85,000 cats and over 38,000 dogs in 2014.

Premier Dwight Ball: We ask you to permit online classifieds sites in Newfoundland and Labrador to sell only animals sourced from shelters and animal rescue organizations, to exclude commercial breeders from these sites, and to help families carefully rehome their pets to ensure their future well-being.

It’s a movement right now, a wave of change. Classifieds sites Used.ca, BuySellTrade.ca and Craigslist no longer allow profiting from the commercial sale of animals across their entire network. Classified sites are unable to distinguish between reputable and certified breeders and those simply profiting from the sale of animals, without regard to their welfare. France regulated the commercial sale of animals on classified sites, 14 cities in Canada banned the commercial sale of animals on their territories, while more than 5 pet stores in Newfoundland, including PetSmart, pledged not to sell puppies. This is great, as it cuts off a major source of income for puppy mills who used to sell their puppies and kittens in pet stores, and at the same time boosts animal adoptions in shelters and rescue groups, and reduces euthanasia of animals in Newfoundland and Labrador. There are simply too many healthy and friendly animals waiting to be adopted.

89 humane societies and SPCAs located across Canada took in over 85,000 cats and over 38,000 dogs in 2014, according to the the results of that year’s Canadian Federation of Humane Societies shelter survey. There are many more Canadian humane societies, SPCAs, private shelters, rescue and foster groups, and municipal animal services, that are not accounted for. Therefore, this represents only a fraction of homeless companion animals in Canada.

On the other hand, there are too many animals sold on classified sites with health problems, often because of the conditions under which they are raised and bred. There are too many classified sites users being cheated by irresponsible animal breeders. There are too many people who bought their beloved pet on classifieds only to discover, to their great distress, that it was sick, and then discover that the seller had disappeared. Buyers risk a great deal of heartache, frustration, and expense when buying a pet from classified sites.

But you, Premier Ball, can change all that.

It wouldn't be that difficult. Syndication of adoptable pet data is one of the strategies already employed by classified sites towards encouraging pet adoption and helping end the euthanasia of adoptable pets: Kijiji Canada unfortunately still allows the commercial sale of animals on its site but also has a partnership with Petfinder, a database of animals from adoption groups who need homes. This partnership allows Kijiji to have a number of shelter pets from Petfinder pushed to their site automatically. The classified site buyselltrade.ca made the decision in 2013 to remove all pet ads from breeders and owners on their site and only post animals available for adoption from the BC SPCA.

And don't forget that most of the animals sold on classified sites are listed at a substantial amount, for cash money, and without a receipt, depriving the Newfoundland’s government of its fair share of taxes.

Every effort must be made to discourage impulse buying.

Newfoundland already regulates the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores under the Animal Health and Protection Act. And according to the Codes of Practice for Canadian Cattery and Kennels Operations published by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, every effort must be made to discourage impulse buying. So what about animals sold on classified sites?

what about animals sold on classified sites?

Please, Premier Dwight Ball: We ask you to permit online classifieds sites in Newfoundland and Labrador to sell only animals sourced from shelters and animal rescue organizations, to exclude commercial breeders from these sites, and to help families carefully rehome their pets to ensure their future well-being.

Regards,

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