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Claim: Web site offers to buy unwanted cats and dogs to
Example: [Collected via e-mail, December 2007]
Origins: Very little (short of outright killing or cruelty to animals) could raise the dander of pet owners like someone's offering to buy up unwanted cats and dogs and
Everything about the IBuyStrays web site screams "hoax," however. The site contains no business information about the company (e.g., where it's located, how long it's been in business, who runs it), no contact information (e.g., physical address, mailing address, phone number) other than a single
The site carries a tagline identifying IBuyStrays.com as an LLC (i.e., a limited liability company), but we could find no evidence of a business entity registered under that name in any state in the U.S. Furthermore, the site claims its operator is a
As well, the language used on the site is deliberately aimed at inflaming pet owners and animal lovers, suggesting that people sell their no longer quite-so-cute kittens and puppies so that they can "start over with a new [one] every six months!" and claiming that the purchased pets "become disection [sic] subjects" and are sold to veterinary schools for students to use as "live 'practice' dogs and cats before trying their hands on the patron's beloved pets" (in addition to maintaining that other prospective purchasers include "medical research, pharmaceutical companies, cosmetic companies, defense-research establishments, and ammunition proving grounds").
In short, the primary purpose of IBuyStrays.com is pretty obviously not to buy animals, but to pull some legs and yank some chains — most likely as a thinly-veiled way of stirring up outrage in support of the Pet Safety and Protection Act (which is prominently mentioned on the site's main page), a Congressional bill that would outlaw the very type of activity the site purports to engage in.
Last updated: 28 December 2007
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