Online Pet Store Shuts Down

January 2001

PETA was inundated with e-mails expressing concern over the inception of an online pet store called “” The site showed listings for purebred puppies, to be ordered online and shipped anywhere in the country from a notoriously cruel animal dealer in Kansas. The site even provided a virtual shopping cart in which to place animals before “checkout.”

PETA contacted the site’s host company, Cybernet Business Professionals, Inc., to notify it of the cruelty inherent in the site’s peddling of animals on the Internet. We also posted an action alert asking concerned individuals to write to the company.

The president of Cybernet Business Professionals, Inc., agreed that the site was cruel and would only perpetuate the already-overwhelming animal-overpopulation problem and decided that his company would stop hosting it, in effect shutting it down. Cybernet Business Professionals has also agreed to refuse to host other sites that exploit animals in the future.

Get PETA Updates

Stay up to date on the latest vegan trends and get breaking animal rights news delivered straight to your inbox!

By submitting this form, you’re acknowledging that you have read and agree to our privacy policy and agree to receive e-mails from us.

 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind