Written by PETA
exotic animals such as hedgehogs, macaws, and lizards will spend their lives
locked in cages as "pets," and it all started with a kind woman who
wouldn't give up until she got help for a sick, dying ferret in an Arkansas pet
store. The woman repeatedly asked the store manager to let her take the ferret
home for rehabilitation, but the manager refused. Finally, she called PETA for
help. We pushed animal control to check on the ferret, and the store's owner
quickly surrendered the ill animal.
caseworker explained to the store's owner that animals suffer in mass-breeding
facilities and animal dealers' warehouses before they end up in pet stores. The
owner agreed to watch PETA's undercover video footage from the now-defunct exotic-animal
warehouse U.S. Global
and the massive ferret factory Triple F Farms, Inc.
He was so moved by the plight of wild-born exotic animals—who
are often abducted from their families and stuffed into luggage to be smuggled
into the U.S.—that he agreed never to buy or sell these animals again.
victory is an encouragement to us all always to report cruelty
and never to miss an opportunity to educate others about how animals suffer in
the pet trade
and other cruel industries. You never know whose mind you might change!
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
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In a trailblazing move that would earn
tail-wagging approval from dogs everywhere, shopping mall developer Macerich has
banned pet stores that
sell animals in its more than 70 malls
across the U.S. and is offering up the pet stores' old spaces as adoption
centers for homeless animals instead. This compassionate decision follows
another the company made at PETA's urging last year to ban the hideous "Pocket
which sell sugar gliders—tiny, exotic, nocturnal marsupials who often die as a
result of improper care and the stress and loneliness of captivity.
Proving that one can make a difference,
the pet-store ban is largely thanks to the efforts of California resident Jennifer
Peterson, who informed Macerich that pet stores
essentially fronts for cruel puppy
mills and worked with the company on a
plan to evict the stores.
Hopefully, many other malls will follow
Macerich's humane lead and ban sales of live animals. Each of us can help, too,
by never buying animals from pet stores and giving a grateful dog or cat from a shelter
a loving, lifelong home instead.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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