eBay [EBAY] has announced that it will ban the sale of dog and cat fur on their German-language sites in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, beginning Tuesday. This is in response to complaints from animal rights groups, who claim that vendors are selling fur and faux-fur products made from the pelts of dogs and cats. eBay attracted the attention of animal rights groups when a cat-fur coat was posted for sale on their French site in February. Dog and cat fur, produced mainly in China and distributed primarily in the U.S. and Europe, is sold in unlabeled or mislabeled fur products. Millions of cats and dogs – many domestic – are killed for their fur each

year.

The ban will also include France, Italy, and Spain. A ban already exists in the U.K., and is being considered for the American site. Banned products include clothing, blankets, toys, and key chains.

A European law interdicting the sale of cat and dog fur will go into effect on December 31. The sale was banned by the U.S. Congress in 2000.

Below is a video on a China Dog and Cat Fur Farm Investigation. Viewers discretion advised.

The auction site, which does not allow the sale of live animals, is attempting to stop the trade in illegal animal products on its site. In June last year, eBay banned the international sale of ivory on the website, but the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) reports that sales of illegal ivory have actually risen since this restriction went into effect. eBay has also taken flack for the sales of endangered-animal skins posted on its site.

A 2005 study by the IFAW revealed that the commerce of illegal animal products has increased because of the accessibility and anonymity afforded by the internet.

By Mark Alvarez