Written by PETA
Our undercover investigator just got back from almost six months inside two separate PetSmart stores, and what she brought back is pretty disturbing. Every time I've been inside a PetSmart, I always feel bad for the birds they keep in cages there, not to mention the rats, lizards, and other animals in cages. But it turns out that being stuck in a cage and harassed by customers is only the beginning of the nightmare for these animals: What goes on in PetSmart's back rooms is just one horror after another. As of this week, PETA has launched a full campaign against PetSmart until it stops selling all animals. Have a look at the video, and if you want to help out, you can e-mail PetSmart your thoughts by clicking here.
Firstly, I will always support anything or anyone working against animal abuse. But I think this approach against PetSmart is very flawed. If you had any idea what policies are in place by the company to provide the best care for it's animals you would be astonished that such things in this video could possibly go on. Unfortunately such things obviously do, but it is definitely not the same at all stores. I am a Pet Care Manager and I work very hard to make sure every animal in my care is taken care of properly, even if that means several vet visits. Medication administered to our pets are prescribed by the veterinarian and if any of my associates don't feel comfortable with any of it I am more than understanding. I am just as disgusted as anyone at the footage shown here and wish that someone from PETA would sit down with a PCM like myself and learn the REAL way all PetSmart stores are suppose to operate. Unfortunately it seems like the action here is generalized against the company, and yet the company continues to work very diligently to prevent such happenings. The best would be to go against said stores directly. Any "undercover" associates should bring everything to the attention of their Store Manager, and if that doesn't work go higher up until someone listens. The company cannot take disciplinary action if it does not know who to take it upon. I understand that PETA's goal is to stop PetSmart's sale of animals entirely but I think there are MANY other places that should really be their focus. PetSmart's goals as a whole are genuine and they strive to fix and eliminate any such actions as seen in this video.
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