Walmart stops selling 'horrific' stand used to restrain dogs during breeding after activists file a complaint
- Walmart previously sold breeding stands that PETA say breeders use to force female dogs to have puppies.
- These items are now unavailable on walmart.com after PETA filed a complaint last month with the retail giant.
Walmart recently stopped selling immobilizing dog-breeding stands, which animal activisits refer to as "rape racks," on its marketplace, following a complaint from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a March 14 press release that Walmart's removal of the item is "a win for dogs and sets an example of compassion and responsibility for other retailers to follow."
"After PETA pointed out that immobilizing dog-breeding stands, also known as 'rape racks,' are used to restrain female dogs so that they can't fight back as they're mounted by males, Walmart removed the horrific metal devices from its website," the organization said in a press release.
In a statement to Insider, Walmart said the items were "listed by outside third-party sellers and removed from our site because the items do not comply with our prohibited products policy." Walmart said it "strives to maintain a marketplace that customers can trust."
The item sold for $139.61, and PETA lodged a complaint on February 23 with the company for selling it, according to the New York Post, which also reported that Walmart was the only big-box retail chain selling these devices.
Per PETA, certain breeders use these products to force female dogs into repeatedly making puppies.
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