Trademe refuse to sell a legal product because of management’s personal beliefs

The British Bulldog before and after generations of inbreeding.

Trade Me is banning the sale of pugs, British bulldogs and French bulldogs because of the breathing problems suffered by the breeds.

The online auction site confirmed today that it was banning the sale of the three brachycephalic dog breeds from 1 March.

These breeds could still be listed for adoption on TradeMe and the ban extended to crossbreeds as well as purebreds.

TradeMe spokesperson James Ryan said most dogs in the banned breeds suffered from brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS).

“Even when the dog is not severely affected, BOAS will cause noisy breathing, snorting and snoring. However, in many dogs the symptoms are so severe that the dog will have trouble exercising (walking for longer than 3 minutes), and find it difficult to moderate their body temperature through panting and often overheat, sometimes fatally.

“As a result, it is common for BOAS sufferers to faint, vomit, cough or gag. Many dogs also have chronic sleep deprivation due to their breathing problems. The disorder has been likened to the feeling of breathing through a pillow.”

He said TradeMe had not taken the decision lightly.

“We know how loved and popular these breeds are but after consultation with a range of animal experts including the New Zealand Veterinary Association and the SPCA we felt we couldn’t, in good conscience, continue to allow the sale of animals who suffer lifelong health issues.”

TradeMe head of trust and safety John Duffy said the move was likely to effect about 40 breeders.

While I agree that these inbred animals have been cruelly physically changed by generations of selected breeding (that has effectively turned them into freaks with serious health issues) it still is a case of a business imposing its personal opinion on the public. As awful as those breeds healthwise are they are currently legal breeds in New Zealand and the breeders have the right to make a living selling them.

If Trademe imposes their personal opinion on legal dog breeds reasons of  “conscience”  then they can do the same for historical memorabilia. Will Golliwogs be next to be banned from Trademe? What about Confederate flags? If the Trademe management team find certain books to be racist or they disagree with their content will they ban them as well? Imagine if the Koran or Bible were banned from sale on Trademe because the management team were Atheists?

Golliwogs currently for sale on Trademe

 

-radionz.co.nz

Do you think this is part of a slippery slope? Twitter is kicking conservative voices off their platform.  Sites like Paypal and Patreon have prevented people and organisations from collecting payments if they disapprove of their opinions and now in New Zealand, Trademe is preventing 40 Kiwi breeders from legally selling their dogs on their site.

If something is legal should a business be able to say no? How is this any different to the legal cases in America where people have been forced to make things that go against their beliefs like the Christian bakery that was told to bake a gay wedding cake?


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