So theres a big media campaign going on at the moment about stopping the sale of puppies and kittens via ebay and its related sites such as gumtree in the UK and here in NL Marktplaats. Those for the ban are saying it will stop puppy farmers and the sale of pups by shady breeders and outright criminals. Loads of people are signing petitions demanding that ebay stop and saying it should be made more difficult to buy a pup and that only responible breeders should be allowed to sell/breed pups. Today on a breed page a woman is complaining because she has been turned down by two breeders the first she didnt say why, the second was because she made a date to view the pups then pulled out because her OH is working and then the breeder said she isnt motivated enough because she didnt want her pups going too far away (she wants to stay in touch) and the buyer is saying the 2 hour car trip is too much for her because she is disabled. She thinks its unfair of the breeder to say she isnt motivated enough to have a pup. The dog they are talking about is a Stabij, a hunting, working dog with an energy level close to a border collie. The buyer thinks this is unfair. Really? I think a breeder can choose who they want why they want. And what was all the shouting about more responsible breeders about then? The placing of a pup is surely a 50/50 thing, the breeder must take precautions and only place a pup where they think the dog will be really cared for and the buyer/prospective owner should be prepared to undergo some questioning and be willing to prove they are suitable to take on a pup? Unless the potential owners are willing to take some responsibility what good will banning the sale of pups via ebay do? Surely people will just go back to the old fashioned way of things, placing small ads in the paper , card in the shop window , sign by the side of the road, from a bloke down the pub...and the situation wont be any different. At least not for the poor pups and their mothers..