Written by PETA
Here’s what PetSmart spokesman Bruce Richardson had to say when he was asked about the shocking video footage revealed by our recent investigation into a PetSmart supplier in Texas:
“I don’t know what those images say. … Just because you see a dead pet, does that mean there was abuse? No. Pets die, particularly when you are dealing with volume.”
“When you’re dealing with volume,” Bruce? Does it not strike you as just a little bit callous to refer to the living, breathing beings that your company trades in as if they were lawn furniture? No, of course it doesn’t. Because that’s exactly the attitude that seems to be driving this business—despite being confronted by scenes of incredible suffering inflicted by a PetSmart supplier, Bruce and his colleagues appear to have seen nothing at all, beyond a few “acceptable losses” of their “product.”
Before I get too rhetorical here, let’s switch gears and watch something a bit more uplifting. It’s good to know, at least, that for every Bruce Richardson there’s also someone out there who’s taking time to make a positive difference for animals. Here’s a creative pro-spay and neuter spot by Alliance for Humane Action that I just came across. I like it because it has cats in it.
Ok here's the thing...I work at a PetSmart in Iowa. Yes, its horrible that any animal has to die. While its horrible what Rainbow is doing, we are not the only ones who purchase from them. Even if we cut all ties, they would still have other stores that they supplied to. ANY and i DO MEAN ANY animal that comes into our care, stays in our care. even if it comes to us already sick. All of our sick animals get immediate veterinary care and we do our best. All of our animals get taken out and socialized (if the animal will allow it) and we make sure that the customers know what they are getting themselves into. Hell, we refuse to sell to plenty of people because we dont think they will make suitable pet parents. Are all PetSmarts as diligent as ours is? No. Is that horrible? Yes. But we are not all devils. We truly love the animals we take care of and want to see them go to good homes.
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