Friday, September 19, 2008
Kijiji Selling Animals talked about on the news tonight
So tonight news piece was about the fact that Kijiji allows the sale of live animals on it's website - a fact which when Kijiji was first launched in January 2006 - we in the rescue community tried to have stopped. When it was first launched I posted about it here, and wrote to the Kijiji admin about it - and they wrote back saying that they'd get back to me - but of course they never did.
Kijiji is owned by Ebay - and they forbid the sale of live animals on Ebay - so it didn't make sense that Kijiji would sell live animals.
One thing that I wanted to talk about was the fact it is REALLY frustrating that every time this topic is in the news - Kijiji selling animals, Gail Benoit in the news, puppy mills in the news, any kind of rescue story in the news - we - the people who they contact to get information about the news item - have to start at zero with our story. It's like the media doesn't watch the news themselves.
It's like the story last night about Gail Benoit and them saying that their story was a "new tack on the puppy dying story" - that the fact that the puppy was bought on Kijiji was a new horrible aspect of the story - well - that's how all these puppies have been bought all along - and this reporter last night had no idea about that. You'd think at least Dave Wright would remember from one time to the next at least a little bit about these stories. It's so frustrating.
It's almost like - how CAN we expect the public to learn anything about Gail Benoit and puppy mills if the media doesn't learn anything about them from one time to the next? Each time a puppy dies - it's like they're hearing about Gail Benoit for the first time. And it's like there's nothing we can do about it - and we are at the mercy of how their sound bite "tie it all in a neat bow" reporting - according to the information that they've been able to gather in the last 2 or 3 hours that they've been assigned the topic for that night's news report.
And we also have a new record this time I think. As of 1am on Saturday morning - I notice Gail Benoit has her ads back up on Kijiji - usually she lets herself lay low for at least a week or two when she's been in the news -
but she must have some dogs that are close to dying and she needs to dump them fast - because she has 2 ads that are back on Kijiji - one for a teri-poo and one for a "mini-pom" and a tiny spitz - ranging in price from $500 to $850. It should be a good weekend for her I'm thinking. Doesn't it just make you sick?
So I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do about this - maybe make up a press packet so that we can just give it to the reporter when they first contact us so that right at the beginning we can give them a timeline so that they're not starting right at zero when we first start talking to them - so that they have at least a little bit of wariness when they're listening to what she's saying compared to what we're saying.
Here's tonight's news bit: