eBay to auction pets?

DoggieNews reports the concerning news that eBay is considering allowing the sale of live pets through its auction website.

This has the potential to be disastrous for the pets involved. eBay has given millions of people an easy way to trade quasi-anonymously, which is ideal when you want to clear out your old CDs but removes all the checks and balances that reputable breeders and shelters put in place. Do the tales of fraudulent eBay use, that appear in the mainstream press, suggest that eBay’s customer checks are inadequate to ensure animal welfare?

eBay has begun a customer consultation on its forums, where many concerns have already been raised.

Update: eBay has decided that, in the face of strong opposition from its customers, it will not go ahead with animal sales, whether for breeders or animal shelters.