The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has launched an investigation into online animal trading standards. The DSCPA want to put an end to the unauthorised selling of animals online without documentation.
Alex Petrilli, one of the senior managers at DSPCA, explained what they found during their investigation.
“There are multiple adverts showing unacceptable volumes of puppy trading. In one case, a seller had over 15 different dog breeds advertised, which amounted an average of 150 puppies that were kept in unacceptable conditions.”
DoneDeal is one of the biggest seller of animals in Ireland and on Monday the DSPCA met with senior management of DoneDeal in order to try to identify the sellers of the adverts which has caused huge concern. The company is now urging people who spot these adverts to report them to DoneDeal immediately.
“There are other websites where this happens but DoneDeal is the largest, with an excess of 4,000 live adverts every day. They currently have no way to trace sellers. You should have to provide documentation if you want to sell an animal. At the meeting, DoneDeal told us they are currently working with the ISPCA and they plan to employ six more people to monitor sellers,” said Alex.
DoneDeal are doing what they can but unfortunately some of these sellers are always one step ahead. “Some traders place advertisements from multiple devices, which makes them untraceable. One seller was found to have placed advertisements from 20 different devices.”
The DSPCA say they would like DoneDeal to remove the animal section of their website with immediate effect, but the ISPCA warned this may have a dangerous effect.
Dr Andrew Kelly, CEO of the ISPCA said: “If DoneDeal was to shut down in the morning much of the market would be driven underground and it would be much more difficult to track down illegal sellers. We would urge members of the public who spot suspicious sellers to report it immediately either to us or DoneDeal.”
More than 20 animal welfare charities across the country are set to walk barefoot over the Easter Bank holiday to raise money and promote awareness of the hard work they do for Ireland’s abandoned animals.
The idea came from a woman named Irene Ellard, who operates a Facebook support group for animal charities known as The Green is Greener and is involved with local equine rescue centres as a volunteer. This started as just one walk organised by Irene but has snowballed and now there are 22 different animal welfare charities involved who have arranged walks for over the bank holiday weekend.
The group who started the initiative have already been around to many schools encouraging them to hold animal welfare days where the children will bring in a small item of dog or cat food and a small donation. The money is then distributed among different animal welfare charities.
So far these charities have arranged a walk and we hope many more will get involved too.
- Southeast Animal Rescue
- Charlie’s Equine Rescue Wexford
- New Ross SPCA
- Carlow SPCA
- My Lovely Horse Dublin
- Hungry Horse Outside Longford
- Dungarvan Animal Rescue
- Limerick Animal Welfare
- Mallow Animal Rescue Cork
- Skibbereen Animal Rescue Cork
- Carrick Dog Rescue Monaghan
- Coolronan Dog RescueMeath
- Forgotton Horses Galway
- East Galway Animal Rescue
- Irelands Equine Crisis Meath
- Holly’s Horse Haven Louth
- Cavan SPCA
- Lilly’s Animal Rescue Cavan
- Buren Animal Rescue Clare
- Glansillag Animal Rescue Cork
- AHAR Kerry
- Mo Chara Animal Rescue Tipperary
- North Mayo Horse Sanctuary Mayo
- Inistioge Puppy Rescue Kilkenny
If you wish to arrange a walk or to get involved in any way please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.