Written by Jeff Mackey
Good news out of New York: Following September's flood in
which nearly 100 animals
died when they were left to drown, PETCO has announced that its
Johnson City store will
not sell any animals upon reopening this month. The announcement is music to the ears of Johnson City
residents, dozens of whom joined a PETA-led demonstration last September aimed
at keeping PETCO from
This decision will save many animals from being bred and warehoused to supply the store, which seems appropriate considering all those terrified
animals who perished in the dark, cold waters. But PETCO still doesn't deserve
our business until it does the right thing and stops selling animals in all its stores nationwide, given the neglect and cruelty that occur at those locations
and that are rife within
the chain's animal suppliers, in addition to the fact that the animal-homelessness crisis—which PETCO itself
cites at its dog and cat adoption events—affects the very species the chain sells, too.
Kudos to Johnson City for forging such progress for
animals in the pet trade from the devastation that struck there. And remember,
folks—there's still a criminal investigation pending concerning the events
leading up to those animals' horrible deaths …
How You Can Help
Animals in Pet Stores
Please buy supplies for your companions only from retailers
that do not sell animals.
Written by PETA
UPDATE: PETCO CEO
Jim Myers announced that the company will not reopen the Johnson City store
where approximately 100 animals died in flooding last month. The company is
reportedly looking for another location in the village, but outraged residents
don't want a PETCO store anywhere nearby. The district attorney's criminal
investigation of PETCO employees' actions and the animals' deaths continues.
following was originally posted on September 19, 2011:
PETA joined dozens of animal advocates who
participated in a protest calling for PETCO to leave Johnson City,
New York, after the multibillion-dollar company opted to abandon hundreds of
animals—about 100 of whom drowned
during massive flooding from Tropical Storm Lee.
Despite highly publicized flood warnings
and mandatory evacuation orders, the company had the gall to call the flooding "completely
unpredictable" and intentionally left the animals behind, which Johnson
City Mayor Dennis Hannon called "absolutely disgusting."
animals, including birds, guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, mice, and reptiles,
suffered and died as a result. Cars
that passed the 70 demonstrators honked and waved in support, showing that
Johnson City residents are ready for PETCO to start packing.
PETA and Mayor Hannon called for a criminal
investigation last week, and now that investigation is under way. Please join
us in thanking Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen for taking the
case seriously. E-mail him at email@example.com
or call his office at 607-778-2423. Please be polite in your correspondence with Mr. Mollen and his office.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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