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By Diane Jessup

Companion Animal: Pets, Craigslist, and cruelty


November 20, 2019

The online sales community Craig’s List (CL) has had an undeniable and significant negative impact on the welfare of companion animals in the United States, in particular dogs and cats, since it went nationwide in its present form in the mid-2000s. What started as lonely, new-to-town techie Craig Newmark’s email newsletter to a few friends in the San Francisco area in the mid-1990s has grown into a quiet yet at time malevolent giant. According to “Craiglists Statistics,” by 2016 the site was getting 20 billion (with a B) hits per month, making it the 11th most popular site in the USA. All this with less than 50 employees.

Founder Newmark and CEO Jim Buckmaster summed up their busi...

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