Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Internet auctioneer eBay Inc. has canceled plans to allow live pets to be sold on its Web site

Good move.

Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,
http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle

Dec 20, 11:22 AM EST

eBay scraps plans to offer live pets

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Internet auctioneer eBay Inc. has canceled plans
to allow live pets to be sold on its Web site after receiving thousands of
angry letters from users.

The San Jose-based company has long banned the sale of live animals except
fish and snails, and officials said Monday they were scrapping plans to
create a separate classifieds category that would feature free ads from
animal shelters and paid ads from breeders.

Over the weekend, an eBay manager revealed in a posting to an online
message board that the company was considering lifting the ban, prompting
letters from more than 2,000 users, most of whom urged that the ban remain,
said company spokesman Hani Durzy.

Users were worried the listings would encourage puppy mills, where animals
are sometimes bred in unsanitary conditions, and that it would be difficult
to differentiate between legitimate animal shelters and unsavory sources.

"The feedback was pretty overwhelming," Durzy said. "Farms and for-profit
commercial breeders wasn't something that they wanted to see."

Booming sales of pet supplies - and the possibility that users may want a
pet listing service - had prompted the company to reconsider its ban on the
sale of live animals, Durzy said.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle

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