TWO WEBSITES HAVE defended themselves against criticisms about the sale of animals online, after the DSPCA called for them to cease all of these sales immediately.
Yesterday the society’s Chief Executive Brian Gillen said the online trading of animals is a “serious problem” as many of these pets are not properly vaccinated or micro-chipped. “It is difficult to source the origin of cats, dogs and all other manner of animals,” he said.
A spokesperson for DoneDeal said that its loves dogs and “we continually strive to improve the welfare of all dogs across Ireland”.
“The DSPCA calling on DoneDeal to cease all sales of animals on our site would actually drive the market underground and make it very difficult to track down unscrupulous dealers,” they said. “We would urge everyone who notices anything suspicious when it comes to dog breeding to report it immediately either directly to us or the ISPCA who we work closely with.”
In a statement, BuyandSell.ie said it had not been contacted by the DSPCA but supports the charity’s efforts to improve animal welfare. The website also said it maintains “firm guidelines for the advertising and sale of live animals. Similarly, DoneDeal said it monitors dog ads and helps the authorities with information to help them investigate breeders.
However the DSPCA’s Gillian Bird refuted claims that removing these ads would force the trade underground, saying that if the public don’t have the option of buying online, they are more likely to go through shelters and adoption centres.
“It’s not like we’re going to have an illicit market with people just selling dogs,” she said. “What this will do it stop people from deliberately breeding dogs for profit.”
Bird called on other animal welfare groups to join the campaign against selling animals online and urged the public not to buy pets in this way.