There will be no cute, fuzzy and warm photos attached to this post. Just some awful facts that have recently been brought to my attention by The Humane Society of the United States regarding Amazon.com selling materials promoting illegal animal fighting, including dog fighting videos and cockfighting magazines. One does not have to be a rocket scientist to know that it is wrong for Amazon.com to profit from illegal animal fighting whether on videos or magazines.
Amazon.com defends its rights citing freedom of speech but in The Humane Society of the United States’ lawsuit against Amazon.com it states that the First Amendment protections do not protect criminal solicitations for the illegal purchase and sale of fighting animals and weapons. Surely Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com make enough money without having to sell this type of material. As far back as December, 1999, in an interview by Joshua Quittner in Time Magazine Jeff Bezos said he would sell anything, “anything with a capital A”, except for firearms and live animals. Surely his Board of Directors, including a representative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and John Doerr, a well-respected venture capitalist, among others cannot agree with the officers of Amazon.com taking issue with The Humane Society of the United States and millions of animal lovers around the world that stand together against cruelty to animals.
But back to the Blogging community. Perhaps you may wish to think twice about supporting Amazon.com on your Blog and linking to Amazon.com until the Company acknowledges that they are aware of the Federal Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007 and stop selling this vile material. You do not have to be an animal activist to do this but simply think of the numbers of pet lovers that read your Blog and do not agree with animal cruelty.