Urge PetCo and PetSmart to Stop Selling Animals

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Originally Posted: September 28, 2008

Urge PetCo and PetSmart to Stop Selling Animals

From People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Undercover Investigation Uncovers Horrors at PetSmart and PETCO Supplier's Breeding Mill

Video footage obtained in a new PETA undercover investigation reveals horrific nightmare conditions for small animals and birds bred and brokered by a major supplier to PetSmart.

What PetSmart's Own Employees Are Saying

In addition to the ever-present misery caused by extremely crowded cages, filthy conditions, a lack of basic enrichment, an often inadequate food and water supply, and excessive noise, PETA's investigation of a massive breeding mill and one of PetSmart's main animal suppliers, Rainbow World Exotics in Hamilton, Texas, also revealed that live animals were thrown into the trash, were deprived of desperately needed veterinary care, were suffering and dying alone in their cages, and were cannibalizing each other; that rabbits underwent crude neuter surgeries at the hands of a layperson in a filthy, dark room; and more. Click here to read the details.

Unsuspecting PetSmart customers have reported buying unsocialized, sick, and injured animals, including guinea pigs with eye and upper respiratory infections, hamsters with deadly diseases, sick and dying betta fish, and suffering birds. As PETA's investigator documented at this breeding mill, overcrowding, lack of veterinary care, and lack of socialization are the norm, not the exception, for the tens of thousands of animals at Rainbow.

PetSmart's trade in live animals supports this mass-breeding industry that is just as cruel as—and even less regulated than—the puppy mill industry. It results in abysmal treatment of tiny, vulnerable beings, and it ultimately leads to their overpopulation, homelessness, neglect, and suffering.

Complete the form to urge PetSmart to cut ties with Rainbow World Exotics and to stop selling all live animals.

Please never buy animals; they are not commodities. Rescue, don't buy! See All-Creatures Action Alert for more videos of PetSmart breeding cruelties.

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