Every day hundreds of dogs, cats and other animals are being tortured, skinned alive and used for the fur trade and the dinner table in China. eBay International promotes and profits off these horrendous acts. Ebay feels that the selling of dogs and cats in China is part of their culture, they do not see a reason why such activities cannot take place on eBay China.
Read the following mail written on behalf of Bill Cobb, President eBay North America to a concerned citizen who wrote and complained about the sales of dogs on EBAY CHINA.
Thank you for writing to Bill Cobb. My name is Del, a specialist with eBay’s Prohibited Items department, and Bill has asked that I respond to your inquiry on his behalf.
Please know that I understand your concern in this matter. As it stands, live animals and pets are not permitted to be sold on any eBay site other than eBay China. Please remember that eBay is a worldwide community, with members residing in almost every area of the world. Along with a worldwide membership comes a diverse array of items for trade, and in many cases the types of items members may list may not coincide with the cultures and laws of other areas of the world. For the most part, however, we feel that it is important to respect that diversity.
The practice of selling domestic animals has been happening in China for a very long time, and has become part of the Chinese culture. Additionally, animals such as dogs are more widely kept as pets in China than in the United States. As a result, and as this activity is an important part of Chinese culture, we do not see a reason why such activities cannot take place on eBay China.
Of course, the sale of animals is not allowed on any other eBay site, which is why eBay China auctions for animals are confined to China and cannot be seen on other eBay sites. Please know that our position is only as a marketplace through which people meet and conduct business between each other, rather than a venue for the promotion or recommendation of cultural change. Of course there may be circumstances where such auctions may be ended for other reasons, as is the case with practically any auction on eBay; however, we generally do not see a need to interrupt this area of Chinese business at this time.
NAME REMOVED, I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to speak with you today. Please feel free to contact our department directly at email@example.com if you have any additional questions or concerns. On behalf of Mr. Cobb, I thank you kindly for your time, and I wish you the best of luck in future trading.
Del on behalf of Bill Cobb President eBay North America.