About the Irish Pet Advertising Advisory Group (IPAAG)
The Irish Pet Advertising Advisory Group (IPAAG) was formed in 2015 by a number of leading animal welfare organisations, veterinary professionals and classified advertising websites to combat the growing concern about the irresponsible advertising of pets online.
IPAAG aims to:
- Ensure animals advertised for sale are done so legally and ethically.
- Engage with websites and publications to ensure they have up-to-date knowledge on animal welfare issues in relation to advertising pets for sale.
- Highlight illegal adverts so that websites can remove them promptly.
- Encourage those websites which advertise pets for sale to self-regulate and comply with agreed IPAAG Minimum Standards.
- Raise public awareness of the need to act responsibly when browsing online pet ads.
About our Minimum Standards
We have created a set of Minimum Standards for websites to follow. Those websites we have engaged with that abide by these standards will have the IPAAG logo visible on their pages advertising pets.
These standards will help address issues with advertising animals online, which include:
- Poor animal welfare standards
- Lack of information about an animal’s history
- Offloading of sick animals
- Dealers pretending to be private sellers
- Pets ending up in unsuitable homes
Why not call for a ban the online sale of animals?
We cannot ignore the fact that consumers can buy nearly anything in just a few clicks, including pets.
Members of IPAAG agree that an outright ban would not end the sale of animals online. It would merely:
- Drive the animal trade further underground, which would make enforcing the ban more difficult
- Result in adverts appearing on unregulated sites that are based outside Ireland
- Prevent ethical rescues from displaying their pets available for adoption online
Instead of calling for a ban, IPAAG works with classified websites in Ireland to help make their ad pages safer for pets and prospective owners. We do this by improving their pet advertising standards. IPAAG also works to educate people about how to buy responsibly online, and discourage impulse-buying.
IPAAG works continuously with major classified advertising websites to ensure there is ongoing regulation and monitoring of pet ads listed on their pages. We are working to ensure the welfare of animals advertised online is protected, and that any illegal activity is identified and investigated.