Online marketplace platforms such as Gumtree and Trading Post enable people looking to abuse animals and dodgy breeders looking to make a quick buck.
For years we've heard of these platforms as being a source of animals for dog-fighting circles. Recently, we've seen arguably more sinister behaviour taking advantage of online marketplace platforms like these - in the NT, Adam Britton pleaded guilty to charges of animal cruelty offences including bestiality after sourcing "free to good home" animals.
Quite often animals are offered for free and for sale without required microchips and, while 'sellers' must sign animal welfare waivers, there is nothing stopping someone from using fake names and contact details.
It's time to prohibit listings that promote the buying or selling of animals from online marketplace platforms such as Gumtree & Trading Post.