The Fate of Many POSTED FOR FREE on Craig's List
Pet ads on craigslist
We are writing in regards to the "free to good home" advertisements that appear on the Craigslist website.
As you may be aware, animals given away for free can, and
unfortunately often do, meet gruesome fates. They can end up in the
hands of animal abusers like Barry Herbeck, a Wisconsin man who was
convicted last year of torturing and killing animals he obtained through
"free to good home" ads. He confessed to taking his kids with him when
responding to the ads so people would be comfortable turning animals
over to him. People known as "bunchers," who obtain animals illegally
from random sources to sell to research facilities for profit, often
acquire animals by answering "free to good home" ads. Small animals
advertised as "free to good home" are sometimes acquired by individuals
who intend to use them as bait in training other animals to fight.
Gerbils, hamsters, and young kittens are often acquired to be used as
Animal protection organizations all over the United States work
diligently to educate people about the proper procedure for placing
animals and frequently assist people in finding good homes for their
animals. We routinely contact individuals who place "free to good home"
advertisements to alert them to the potential perils for their animals
and continuously receive appreciative calls from people who say they
never knew these dangers existed.
Craigslist could do its readers and the animals a great service,
while setting a very progressive example, by posting a brief warning at
the top of the pets section about giving animals away for free. To
supplement the warning people could be informed that they can contact us
for more information about placing animals and screening potential