Craigslist is a great place to find a job, rent an apartment, buy a car, and more. But some people use the website to give their animals away to unqualified strangers, using "free to a good home" ads. The process for finding a loving new home for an animal should be different from that of finding someone to pick up used furniture.
In 2015, a man in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was arrested on felony charges of animal torture causing death after allegedly tying a live dog's four feet together with a cord, dousing her in flammable fluid, and setting her on fire. A man in Reno, Nevada, was charged with willful animal torture for dismembering and killing five dogs in a hotel room. An Athens, Georgia, man was charged with 22 counts of cruelty to animals after admitting to obtaining and killing kittens because he was "angry at the world". And a man in Olympia, Washington, was arrested on cruelty-to-animals charges after authorities discovered dozens of tortured, starved, and dead animals in his home whom he claimed he had obtained in order to eat.
In each of these situations, the animals were reportedly obtained through ads on Craigslist.
PETA has told Craigslist about the many animals who have been abused, tortured, and even killed as a result of these ads. It's time for the company to do something about it.
Craigslist can help prevent the suffering of animals like these. Tell it to prohibit "free to a good home" ads.
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