THESE days, it's easy for people looking to buy pets online to quickly get a rundown of sellers, with OLX Philippines usually leading the search result.
Many will argue that shopping for pets is not the way to go. Doing it online is even a bigger no-no.
Yet a lot of people still do it and have probably clicked on OLX Philippines' links to pets for sale. A quick search for “cat for sale Philippines” or “dog for sale Philippines” returns with these results:
“Used” pets? Certainly, this is odd.
OLX Philippines, which absorbed sulit.com.ph, is a wasteland of every conceivable product under the sun such as mobile phones, appliances, board games, furniture, cars and even real estate.
We get it that the company probably makes use of some generic SEO (search engine optimization) title to describe all types of products they carry, but surely it shouldn't be hard to tweak the one that applies for pets. To see dogs, cats, birds and other pets being marketed in OLX Philippines as “new and used” is offensive and insensitive and shows their complete lack of respect for animals.
It's one thing to buy or sell used or pre-owned designer bags or electronics, but pets? Whatever is the size or breed, pets are not commodities and a fast-growing company like OLX should be responsible enough to know that. -- Alma J. Buelva
Alma J. Buelva is the editor of MetroPets. A journalist by profession, her love for writing goes into overdrive when the subjects are pets.