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League Forces eBay to Pull Wild Boar Shoot

22 September 2006

The League Against Cruel Sports is claiming victory this evening after the online auction site eBay withdrew the sale of a wild boar hunt. It was the second time the hunt had been up for sale on the site despite complaints from the League and other animal welfare campaigners. It sold for the first time on September 12 for £3400, but went up for auction again two days ago because of what the seller described as “time-wasters”.

In a statement eBay said that the hunt “contravened its guidelines” concerning the sale of wild animals. This was the same reason the site withdrew the auction of a deer hunt a year ago, also after pressure from the League.

Jenny Barsby, Press Officer for the League Against Cruel Sports, said:

“This a victory for the League Against Cruel Sports and all those opposed to hunting. Putting deaths up for auction on the net like this could easily have become a form of blackmail. Pay up or the victim gets it. Luckily this time, the victim has been saved. It’s just a pity that it took so long for eBay to act, despite numerous complaints posted on the site. Maybe now, eBay will start to police its site more stringently. Let’s hope this is the last time we will have to witness death for sale on the net.”