Walmart ends online sales of dog ‘rape racks’ after PETA pressure
According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Walmart has stopped selling dog-breeding restraints — devices that animal rights activists derogatorily call “rape racks.”
According to PETA, the world’s largest retailer was the only big-box retail chain to sell the devices, which are popular among controversial puppy mills.
“Metal devices, also known as “rape racks”, are used to restrain female dogs so they cannot fight as they are mounted by males,” said a PETA spokesperson.
PETA filed a complaint with the Bentonville, Ark.-based company on Feb. 23, and within three weeks the $139.61 rack was listed as “out of stock” on the website.
Walmart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Listed as “Breeding Stand”.On Walmart.com, the description says it’s for “large, small, medium pets” and includes photos of a large dog with straps around its neck and belly.
According to a March 12 post, “Breeding stands for dogs have been used for years by breeders worldwide, but this alone cannot justify their use. BreedingBusiness.com. Questions about the dog’s safety during the procedure and the ethics of its use are all part of a raging debate that has raged for years. “
Stands are typically used by breeders who “want to bond two aggressive dogs,” according to the post.
“Profit-hungry breeders use these stands even when a female dog is not ready to mate,” according to the post, which calls out dogs that are only six months old instead of the acceptable two years. use
BreedingBusiness.com describes a dog being forced to mate when it’s not “ready” as being “absolutely gut-wrenching.”
“The world has no business breeding more dogs bursting at the seams with already homeless people,” PETA said in a statement. “Walmart’s decision to stop selling these disgusting rack sets is an example of compassion and responsibility.”
Nevertheless, the devices are still being sold including on major e-commerce sites Amazon And eBay.