Meow! My name is June Buggie and I have something to say.
So you got SO excited because PetSmart was fundraising for its charity yesterday. Well La De Da! And what a coincidence, here it is right before holiday shopping ramps up. Lots of goodwill toward their company was created.
Well let’s talk about these mega-pet stores for a minute. Why do you support them? Because they don’t sell dogs and cats but instead allow rescue groups to have adoption events in their stores? That’s great!
But they DO sell animals, and lots of them- everything from birds and fish to small rodents and reptiles. And along with those animals they make lots of money on cages, bedding, food and toys.
Do you know where those animals come from?
The Humane Society of the US posted an article this past September that addresses how many of these animals sold in the US are bred in mills just like puppy mills. Born Free USA posted links to newspaper articles detailing birds that were rescued from breeder mills.
The irony is that while rescues make hay of how great PetSmart is, they continue to turn their backs on Petland franchises that allow rescued animals to be adopted through their stores.
Funny, I don’t see the difference.
Don’t get me wrong, I do NOT want to see the mega-stores going back to selling dogs or cats. But what I WOULD like is to see them stop selling ALL animals.
So while you berate people for shopping at pet stores that support the indiscriminate breeding of animals, ask yourself, am I doing the same thing?