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Paw Justice co-founder Craig Dunn says Trade Me should stop selling commercially-bred dogs.

Trade Me […] announced on January 17 that from March it would ban pugs, British bulldogs and French bulldogs from being sold due to health concerns.

[…] But Paw Justice co-founder Craig Dunn said New Zealand should “follow what’s being done internationally” and stop the online sale of pets altogether.

Pet sales are already prohibited by overseas giants Amazon and eBay.

Paw Justice began a campaign called Don’t Trade Me In 2015, calling for the complete ban of pet sales on the website due to concerns around puppy mills and dog welfare.

At the time, Trade Me began working on a code of responsible breeding for dogs and cats. Since then, a Code of Animal Welfare was introduced, which contains guidelines on puppy socialisation, the age when puppies can be released to their new owner and the mother’s health and breeding history.

[…] But more was needed than just “ticking a little box”, as the code did not necessarily stop “backyard breeders” or people potentially running puppy mills using the site as a platform to sell commercially-bred dogs, Dunn said.

[…] Trade Me’s policy and compliance team leader James Ryan said banning the sale of all dogs would be “using a sledge hammer to crack a nut”.

The Code of Animal Welfare was voluntary because it “cannot realistically cover all circumstances” under which the sale of an animal could occur, he said.

The website’s trust and safety team monitored the site 24/7 and worked closely with the SPCA, Ryan said.[…]



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