Skip to Main Content

Birds From PetSmart May Kill You

Written by PETA | June 17, 2008

Killer birds from PetSmart. It sounds like a reimagined version of Hitchcock’s The Birds or maybe Troma’s follow-up film to Poultrygeist, but it’s a true, tragic story. A bird-loving family from Corpus Christi, Texas, reportedly lost their beloved father—and the daughter almost lost her life—after they both contracted psittacosis from a cockatiel whom they had purchased at PetSmart and named Peachy. Check out the Associated Press Article here if you don’t want to take my word for it.

Peachy, who also died, allegedly from this “parrot fever,” was bred at Rainbow World Exotics, a breeding mill that PETA recently investigated, where we found rampant abuse and neglect of small animals and exotic birds. Bird-breeding facilities such as Rainbow World Exotics are no different than puppy mills—they’re massive animal factories that crank out birds with no regard for their health, happiness, or individual best interests. It doesn’t just hurt the birds when unsanitary, inhumane conditions are the norm.

The good news is that this heroic and forever scarred family is now standing up to PetSmart and demanding an end to the sale of all birds. And you can help them succeed!

And please read this important info about how to keep you and your bird safe.


Angel’s Story: Another PetSmart Casualty

—JoelPosted by Joel Bartlett

Related Posts

Respond

Comments

Post a Comment

If your comment doesn't appear right away, please be patient as it may take some time to publish or may require moderation.

By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal info in accordance with our privacy policy as well as to receiving e-mails from us.

  • Branden says:

    I must say Angel’s video was very hard to watch. Ive been an animal lover all my life and have had birds for the last 10 years. I will not cage birds as so many do instead I have a large planted indoor aviary that I keep some smaller waxbills in. I have bought most my waxbills from PetSmart actually just bought 2 more yesterday from there although I just found this site this morning. The ones I have bought there had slight problems nothing major or life threatening though. I am a sucker for any animal in distress and as such I tend to buy that type and bring them back to their proper condition not to mention they are much happier in their new home than cramped in a small cage and combined with other speicies they shouldnt be housed with. I will say that for the most part the PetSmarts in my area seem to care pretty well for their animals who knows what goes on in the backrooms though. However after seein ths information my Petsmart bird purchases will end. I order all my food and supplies from small specialty stores anyways. Only reason I bought birds from Petsmart is because they are the only ones in my area that sell any kind of selection waxbills just arent real popular here. A side note on the PETA investigator. First off let me say I have nothing against PETA and they do some very good work and have saved alot of animals and I wholeheartedly commend them for what they do. However in the case of Angel it does not surprise me that nothing was done or little was attempted to save her. PETA can be somewhat radical in their endevours just like any other organization. That video surved a purpose and would not have been nearly as powerful had the bird been saved and lived a healthy life. An attempt had to be mentioned by PETA for their own purposes but the fact that Angel died served the PETA organization more than saving Angel herself. If it had been me I would have stopped the whole thing and kill the report to do everything I could to save her but then I would not be an investigative reporter to PETA at the point either…it isn’t what they needed for what they got. It’s a far more powerful video to know Angel suffered horribly for 36 days and died than to watch that video and at the end have a happy ending…it doesn’t stick with people as well for as long that way. I despise what happened to Angel and would have even gone so far as to try to steal her in the dead of night if necessary and happily present the evidence to the judge as to why but again the video would not be as powerful. Even with PETA sacrifices have to be made to present the reason for their existence and sadly Angel had to be one of those sacrifices.

  • Craig says:

    kimgood for you. you don’t get your birds sick? nice they just suffer and die at the mill before you have a chance to get the sick ones. you must be proud of petsmart! why would you even try to defend them….ignorance?

  • kim says:

    Actually I work at petsmart and we don’t get our birds sick…Dumb thought. And the psittacosis doesn’t affect humans we just carry it. So it affects other birds who come in contact. Which is why we use PPEpersonal protective equipment when handeling them. And every animal. Your PETA people didn’t. So y’all are the guilty ones.

  • Chris says:

    This is horrible! No animal deserves to be treated like this. These are very sick people to do this. BUT what concerns me is for some one to go “undercover” so they can see whats going on and not do any thing but record and collect evidance is sick too. Its not ant better than what they are doing. I watch these videos here and it makes my angry to see the conditions these animals have to live in. Then i relize the person behind the camera basicly records thier DEATH that makes my blood boil. Recordbecause you need proof but letting them go without help is no better than what petsmart does. You make me sick.

  • Anna says:

    Actually in Lake County here the only problems we have basically are drinkers noisy neighborhoods stealers pornography tieing up dogs and more. All the stores and people are nice otherwise.

  • Holly says:

    Thanks Maya I do understand just seems to me that someone could have done something. Heck in my younger years I would have pocked the baby! and I know that too would have been wrong. Sad story for sure. Again Maya you remind me of a young Terry Irwin before Steve. Keep of the good work! Go Vegan save up to 100 farm animals per person per year!

  • Holly says:

    Maryland Pennsylvania Delaware. Her name is Angel. Angel is much loved and we are very worried. She is an Umbrella Cockatoo White. Age 37 years old. $1000.00 Cash reward for her return. No questions asked. She was taken from her home on June 18th from RockSpring Road Conowingo Maryland. Not far from Port Deposit Md. Lancaster Pa. and Delaware. Please if anyone hears anything or sees anything or knows anything please send messages to Janis nightnurse66hotmail.com $1000.00 cash reward no questions asked for Angels return. Thanks so very much for your great help. We are so very worried about Angel… Taken from a porch June 18th. $1000.00 cash reward for the birds safe return.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Hi Holly! From what I understand the undercover agent begged the woman in charge to let her take the bird to a vet and the woman in charge said absolutely not. It’s not surprising since Rainbow Exotics would not want to be exposed to veterinary scrutiny. In my assessment I think the only way to save that bird would be for it to see a vet as you correctly said it was so far gone already. Let’s hope that place gets shut down and quickly! Vegan all the way sister. See you on the blogs!

  • Holly says:

    The baby bird was dieing a little more with each feeding. It would have been possible for the person who was undercover to research and then tell the inexperienced feeders who did not know what the baby needed how to feed this baby properly which may have saved its life. That’s what I would have done and if that did not work I do think I would have insisted it be seen by a vet and not stopped with the feeders but called supervisors etc. Go Vegan Save up to 100 farm animals per year per person…

  • Maya, CVT says:

    The woman who filmed the incident would NOT have been able to rescue the bird. She would have either been tackled by staff or by police as she would have been technically stealing from Rainbow Exotics. Next time you’re in a store try stealing something and see how far you get. It’s illegal. There is no way the woman would have been left unsupervised long enough to get out with the bird. The 1 percent chance she had of saving the bird was not worth giving up the 100 percent chance she had of showing the evil that is Rainbow Exotics. Don’t you dare blame her for trying her best to save animal’s lives. I’m sure it was more heartbreaking for her than we can ever imagine.

  • Budgie lover says:

    You would think the people who work at bird breeding facilities would at least know how to properly care for a bird. You don’t flush it’s crop out with water you leave it in a broodernot a cage and you must feed it regularly and make sure it has a heat source. And you DO NOT pick it up by the head!!! Now I think I know why most of the birds I see in pet stores look sick.

  • linda canley says:

    I THINK IT IS SHAMEFUL TO ALLOW THAT BIRD TO SUFFER TO SUCH EXTENT ALL ALONE IN WIRES WITH A SAD CRY WITHOUT SAVING ITS LIFE. I DO NOT THINK IT WAS WORTH WATCHING IT DIE TO MAKE A STATEMENT VIDEO AGAINST THIS PETSMART SUPPLIER. THIS BIRD WAS USED FOR SHOW? VERY DISAPPOINTING FOR THIS INVESTIGATION. THE BIRD’S CRIES SUFFERING AND LIFE WAS USED AS A TOOL FOR PETA?!

  • sarah says:

    that is so sad…i wonder myself why anything wasn’t done…i myself bought a pet from Petco last august….a beautiful Russian blue rat….yes a rat! i didn’t know about the cruelty then…but i do now..peanut is one of the most spoiled rats out there and I’m glad to have gotten him out of there if that’s how they treat their animals.And rats really are misunderstood….he’s so sweet and hasnt bitten anyone in fact if he’s just woken up he lets me pet him for like ever and he almost acts like a little dog!

  • darcy says:

    I just read the story on angel the cockatoo who died at petsmart and was wondering why didnt the investigator from peta save the bird instead of watching it die? I am a peta supporter and always will be but why didnt they save the poor thing?

  • Nat says:

    I couldn’t watch the whole video either and i’m SO ANGRY right now i’m shaking.

  • Kelly says:

    I was sooo saddened by the fate of that baby bird. How cruel petsmart is to treat their animals like that. They need to be stopped NOW. The fate of these animals depend on us. I couldn’t even watch the whole video and the sound of her cries still haunts and makes me want to cry. Let’s unite and stop this suffering!! Peace

  • CB says:

    I agree with some of the above they should have taken the bird to safety. The question is had they done so would they have been charged as a “terrorist” under the AETA act just as the SHAC 7 were? Thats scarey!

  • Cale Johnson says:

    I’m horrified by the video and the reality that these chain stores are buying their animals from breeding mills. However there are almost 30 posts here about how horrible this is and not a single one telling people where to get a safe animal or how to look for one. The tragedy of Angel was apparent in the vid now how about arming the public with safe sound alternatives to purchasing animals? Just a thought…

  • lynda downie says:

    Angel’s cries just tore my heart out! Shame on RWE for caring more for their reputation than caring for Angel. What a grave injustice to that innocent baby who should never have been caged in the first place!

  • valerie says:

    i am turning this into the police and pet smart will be out of bunisss i will come over there and through you on a wwall you are dumb and stuoied i hope you dieeee!

  • Amanda says:

    Ok then Maya we agree. Glad we got that cleared up

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Hi again Amanda I should emphasize that one of the shelters I worked at took in 11500 animals and I euthanized at least 800 of them not to save an endangered species but because “Ms Smith is moving to Florida and does not want to take her cat with her”. What I’m trying to say is I am absolutely not judging those who euthanize animals. I have done it myself many times and I completely agree that it is often the only realistic solution. When I say that no one has the right to kill feral cats I’m speaking more of us as a society not as individuals. Someone who works in a shelter has no choice. But look at our government. They are extremely corrupt wasting our money starting wars and letting America rot in hell. The education campaigns for spay and neutering have been highly effective. If all animal orgs plus the government began a massive keep cats indoors campaign eventually it would work. I totally agree with you that at this point it’s not reality I think it would be a huge mistake to not at least try to begin the process. Animal shelters should be for strays only and feral cats should at least have a chance at being indoor cats. I have a small stray cat shelter myself so I know how difficult it is. But we should act right this second as though we are trying to save all feral cats and if we can’t that’s okay. I just wish we wouldn’t write them off so easily.

  • Jim Dole says:

    Why did the PETA investigator sit there for 6 weeks and watch the bird in the video die? If he cared so much and wanted to help so much he would have found a way to get the bird the treatment it needed. that was very compassionate of him to watch that poor defenseless bird die right in front of him. Way to go PETA!!! Yeah I would really trust my animals with you guys!!!

  • Lillie Adams says:

    I HAVE TO AGREE THAT IT WAS QUITE CRUEL TO WATCH AND FILM THESE EVENTS AND NOT CONTACT AN OUTSIDE AGENCY TO HELP THIS BIRD! I REALIZE THAT THE PERSON INVESTIGATING TRIED TO BUY THE BIRD. WHEN THIS DID NOT WORK SOMETHING FURTHER SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE. I HAVE A CAPTAIN’S MACAW THAT WAS A RESCUE FROM A BLACK MARKET SALE. HE HAS NEVER BEEN IN A CAGE AND ALTHOUGH I WISH HE COULD LIVE IN THE WILD AND BE TOTALLY FREE. HE IS CARED FOR AS A WILD BIRD SHOULD BE. PEOPLE THINK THAT BIRDS ARE UNFEELING ANIMALS ACTUALLY THEY HAVE QUITE THE PERSONALITY!

  • Amanda says:

    But Maya wouldn’t the same thing happen when you trap socialize and adopt ferals? If the space is free regardless of the fate of the cats removed from it more cats will move in yes? I just don’t understand your reasoning. I apologize if I was wrong but your comments frequently seem judgemental of those who euthanize animals likely to meet a miserable end and cause the same for others. It would be great if the government would force everyone to keep their cats indoors from now to eternity but I’m not going to hold my breath and I don’t think it’s fair to say there’s one best solution to the crisis right now in my opinion. I’m glad you have a method you’re comfortable with but so do I and nothing you’ve said so far has changed my mind.

  • michelle says:

    this is horrible i dont understand why petsmart cant be shut down

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Hi Amanda! I’m not sure which part of my message was condescending but I find it amusing that anyone would take offense to my quite carefully worded comment! I was a shelter worker for many years so I understand exactly what you’re saying. The problem with euthanasia is that once we euthanize one feral cat population more feral cats move in. This is well documented. Many birds in Hawaii are under serious threat from loose cats. I personally know several organizations that trap and euthanize feral cats regularly. The problem is that it is perfectly legal for residents to bring more cats into the area and let them outdoors. It is a revolving door kill hundreds of cats more breed. More ferals. More endangered species get killed off. The money and resources should be spent in a massive government campaign to make people keep cats indoors. As a biologist I am extremely upset that cats are killing wild animals. But how can we be angry at the cats when we allow hundreds when hundreds more to be let outside every day? Just my two cents.

  • Holly says:

    A sad Cockatoo story. I got a frantic call at 2 AM from my dear friend Janis. She rescued a beautiful Cockatoo 15 years ago from a crack house where who knows what this bird had been exposed to. She is a nurse who took such good care of her angel and each day stopped at the grocery store to buy fresh produce for this beautiful bird. The bird spent summers out side in the shade of a large oak tree in a very large cage which was on a balcony 6 feet off the ground. This bird was so happy it layed eggs on a regular basis and Janis would take the eggs and blow them so she could give them back to the bird who nurtured them and protected them. When Janis got off work last night she came home and found someone had scaled the side of her house up 6 feet to the bird took the blanket from the top of the cage and opened the door and took the bird. She called the police who did finger print her balcony but they said the chances of the bird being returned are very slim. We are worried about his bird and her treatment. Does any one have any ideas as to how to look for this bird. We are very very worried that who ever took her may not care for her properly. Ideas Please… Thanks so very much Truly! Holly

  • Amanda says:

    Maya I agree that people need to keep their cats indoors at all times and that we have no right to kill feral cats. We do however have a responsibility to do the best we can for them and the individual wild animals who should not have to suffer and die at the hands of a nonnative predator introduced by human irresponsibility. Trapping and socializing is great if you have the time and the resources but when both stray and feral cats and the animals they prey on have a tendency to die miserably it isn’t fair to discount euthanasia as an ethical alternative. Your tone is quite condescending to be frank and in light of the overpopulation crisis I think it’s really unfair to expect shelter and rescue folk to save unsocialized and usually quite sickly animals when the perfectly adoptable ones are dying every day. I would love to see the feral population die out naturally too but I’m not optimistic that will happen in my lifetime. Until that time comes I would much rather have them euthanized than watch them play with a bird they’ve killed and then see them wind up dead on the side of the road anyway. And though I don’t value the life of a socialized cat more than that of a feral it doesn’t seem right to cause nearly undomesticated cats so much undue stress by sticking them in a cage in a shelter and displacing the animals who do have a shred of hope to cling to.

  • Rick says:

    This is so sad I have a Goffin and they are wonderful birds and love there families. Why wasn’t something done for Angel? It isn’t just the breeder who did her an injustice whoever filmed it just sat back and watched for what? the sake of a good video? She should have been bought or had the SPCA brought in to do something for her Humanly killing her would’ve been better. This is just sick all around!!

  • CB says:

    Was not posted earlier???? After seeing the video of Angel I looked up Rainbow World Exotics. They are actually listed as a child care businesssame address. Owner is Jack Graham. Is it error what do you think or is someone trying to hide? Why is Peta not taking this kind of deception to task. From local paper Jack Graham owner of Rainbow World Exotics gave a report on his business how it evolved from a small operation to a nationwide business. He explained growth opportunities expansion and marketing and quality control. Jacks business is an ideal example of expanding a small agriculture business. This guy is actually winning awards and giving speeches to grads! Apparently this guy has several business but needs even more money running mills! Wheres the pressure?? If you let them hide they will never change. See w w w dot manta.comcoms2dnbcompany65z2t5y 4772 County Road 105 Hamilton TX 765313826 United States Map Phone SICChild Day Care Services Line of BusinessChild Day Care Services

  • Maya, CVT says:

    I worked for the MSPCA and people should know cruelty agents for the ASPCA DO NOT inspect or investigate pet stores. The USDA and other agencies license and inspect pet stores and any complaints are handled by them. The USDA would not have responded in enough time to save any animals in Rainbow Exotics. The woman in the film did exactly the right thing. I have dealt with the USDA and they do not save animals from neglect or abuse. They simply warn and fine people who do not comply and it takes weeks or months for them to respond to complaints because they are backlogged. The woman in the film is a hero make no mistake about it. Ps Daniella that’s a good point the shelters I worked at often brought animals for adoption to Petsmart and Petco. Unfortunately they are only doing it for their reputation. They want to associate themselves with rescue organizations because they know as pet stores that the public is getting more saavy and more educated about pet store abuses so the stores are getting desperate. The adoptions at those places went horribly people who stopped in wanted to purchase only puppies and kittens and they did not want to fill out adoption forms or have their vets called for references. Petco and Petsmart are using shelters to make themselves look good which will never happen. Peace all!

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Chris Cochran Hey buddy! I’m glad you’re back I’ve missed you! I am very passionate about feral cats and have worked with them for a long time so don’t take it personally if I sound over the top here But people are dead wrong when they talk about feral cats. Most people are FAR FAR more likely to see raccoons than true feral cats!! Feral cats are petrified of humans. The elderly children etc would literally have to stalk them out and chase them in order to even see one much less get bitten or scratched! Now I’m sure you’ve had patients say “I was bitten scratched by a feral cat” but in my 20 years of experience they always mean a cat who is outdoors. Here is the difference Feral Inbred non socialized cat several generations down from domestic cat who are almost never seen. Often cross eyed and TERRIFIED of humans. Stray Domestic who is lost wandering neigborhoods outdoors Outdoor cat Owned cat who is allowed outside still roams neighborhood. Almost impossible to tell from a newly stray cat. Most people say “feral” when they mean “a not very nice cat outdoor who bit me” Plus people are far more likely to be bitten by their own cats unless they make a habit of approaching stray animals which they should not ever do! The original animal shelters were for STRAYS ONLY. We need to go back to that system. I have socialized ferals and they are wonderful with love and understanding. People need to keep all cats indoors so the feral population can die off naturally because we have no right whatsoever to destoy even one single feral cat since we are the ones who created this ugly situation not them.

  • CB says:

    Jut curious as to what was wrong with my post…it ws not posted. You got my email let me know. Thanks Craig

  • keith says:

    Very sad story but tell me please why was Angel not bought and hopefully saved from this miserable end ! Am I missing something here. or just thick !! comments please….

  • Daniella says:

    You know I totally agree that Petsmart should stop selling animals. However I feel torn because before I knew about the cruelty I got my 3 cats and my dog from rescue groups at Petsmart. Do they get a kickback from these organizations? If they start to maybe they will realize that they could make more money by allowing private organizations and rescues to bring their adoptable companions than by selling these poor abused creatures… Continue the good work Peta!

  • Tamara says:

    This truth about this disease that can affect birds and humans was brought home to me in a fairly scary way when PETA first started the campaign. I adopted a female parakeet from a shelter in Geneva IL. That is about a 500 mile drive for me. We had lost a little girl a few months earlier and my 2 boys really needed that presence to well function. They are all housed seperately so there is NO breeding going on. Just something about my boys they like that combination of friends around or something. There were no single females in my area. Single males or bonded pairs. So when I found this little girl and they agreed to let me adopt her I had no qualms about the drive. I drove 400 milesin a different directionfor one of my boys!! However when PETA put up the PETSMART Cruelty campaign site I saw there was a bird found at a PETsCrap in Geneva IL!! I believe it was a cockatiel…no matter. It was in a store my girl could have come from. she was a stray so no one knows and both stores are in town I was frightened to death. Even though my girl Ming Ming had her wellcheck at the avian vet and passed with flying heh colors it still hit just TOO close to home. These stores must be stopped!!

  • Tamara says:

    As an aside back in those wild and wacky days that PETA was against that other pet chain I led or actually tried to lead protests in my area. The most I eve could get was 4 people including myself. The local “animal rights team” was too busy trying to shut down the chain that still sells puppies and kittens. They did get that store closed. I contacted them and congratulated them. Then mentioned that maybe their members could join me in my demos at the other chain. I was told that this “animal rights team” were ASKED NOT TO PROTEST THAT CHAINSTORE by rescue groups who received money from the store. So…what an animal rights team we have here in my area huh?? P

  • Tamara says:

    Daniella I call that “blood money” that the rescue groups get from the chain pet stores. Yes the rescues get money from the stores. The store also get the added bonus of goodwill. PLUS the items that the new guardians buy there for Spot or Kitty. PLUS they might see a bird or hamster or gerbil or other small animal bred in these mills that they may add to their pet family. PLUS the people will buy supplies for that animal at that store. The dogs and cats adopted benefit of course. And the rescues benefit of course. I try not to begrudge them that. But the one who benefits most is PETSCRAP! They are only for the corporate profit and goodwill which will breed more profit in the end.

  • Jasmine says:

    i was absolutely disgusted by this. it made me miserable. “PetSmart” dont deserve to be called that. they are childish insensitive and should not be allowed to sell animals like this. DONT BUY FROM PETSMART EVER!!!

  • marcy says:

    I BOUGHT A HAND RAISED COCKATIEL FROM A PRIVATE PARTY. SHE IS LUCY A MEMBER OF THE NCS BANDED THEY SAID SHE IS SHOW QUALITY.. THEN WE BOUGHT A LARGE PARROT CAGE.. I LOVE LUCY SHE HAS FREE RANGE IN MY HOME. SHE EATS OFF MY SALAD PLATE WITH ME.. I DONT WORK HOMEMAKER I CANT IMGINE SOMETHING HAPPINING TO HER. I DO HAVE A AVIAN VET.. IS THIS WRONG FOR ME TO HAVE HER? SHE THINKS SHE IS A CHIHUAHUA MY 15 YEAR OLD LILY WELL SHE DONT EVEN KNOW SHES A CHIHUAHUA.. LUCY LOVES TO PLAY AT THE WINDOW SHE HAS A SWING .. IN THE SPRING WHEN ITS COOL OUT SHE SINGS TO THE BIRDS OUTSIDE.. WELL ANYWAY I DONT SHOW HER AND I DONT OWN HER.. SHE OWNS ME

  • Annalena says:

    Poor Angel! That is so horrible. She was just a tiny little baby and looked so scared. So many people with birds do not care for them properly. My friend has a cockatiel that he was so excited about her at first.Now he does not really care and will not listen to my suggestion of finding her a companion at the shelter. I have to urge him to clean the feces from her water frequently. I really wish people would give more consideration towards animals that deserve their freedom. I saw a classified ad of a person looking for a skunk as a pet in todays newspaper.Urg. Animals deserve freedom and if they are deprived of this.. pretty damn good care! If they try to clip your wings fly away… far away. I know why the caged bird sings so I’ll await my next escape to be with you again.

  • Mary Domhan says:

    I find the video about Angel so disturbing but I also find it disturbing that there did not seem to be any contact made with an animal protection agency. If this incident went unreported it was just as cruel to film this for the duration without reporting the neglect.

  • Mary Domhan says:

    Why wasn’t the ASPCA contacted?

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Having a bird in a cage is not healthy for any man or beast but for perspective you must know that many more people will be hospitalized some of which will die from infections from cat bites. Ninety percent of cat bites will become infected. The weak the sick the old the young often become seriously ill after a cat bite read little old cat lady. So from a health and safety POV feral cats should be eradicated at a safe distance or left alone completely. The feral cat catchsterilizerelease cycle that some well meaning folks engage in is far more dangerous than owning a parrot.

  • eldo says:

    Ummm…did we forget that A PERSON died??

  • Carla says:

    It’s not the birds fault. They are entering a land of human greed! Most people don’t “SHOP” for a pet they “BUY” them on a whim and the end result is their pets’ suffering. Do more and more people have to lose their lives for us to get the picture like Maya said these animals belong to the wild!! Be careful of your upcoming ads on Chicks and Boots!! This may have an adverse affect!

  • kelly says:

    Petland also buys birds from bird mills Unlike Petsmart who works with adoption groups and shelters Petland buys ALL its puppies from puppy mills And every Petland does this

  • claire says:

    omg! before i knew about bird mills i bought a parakeet from petco. in october i was having athsmalike symptoms and had to go to a pulmonologist sp?. they tested me for psitticosis. thank god it wasn’t that but after learning about this disease and the cruelty to birds i will never have another bird.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Angel’s story haunts me all the time. Bless the brave woman who went undercover to film it. One of our teachers in the vet tech program knew a woman who contracted psittacosis from her pet bird the woman almost died as well. It’s like a really extreme pneumonia. The reason we don’t catch this from wild birds is because we leave them in the wild and don’t cram them into cages or a home with not enough flying room or ventillation. Wild animals are not “exotic pets” they are WILD ANIMALS and belong in the jungles of South America or the old growth forests of North America not in someone’s living room!! Please please please keep up the good work PETA and here’s hoping every tarantula scorpian snake chinchilla bird fish and all other wild creatures stay in the wild. It is their home it is where they are happy and where they belong with their wild families. Please don’t ever buy from pet stores!

Connect With PETA

Subscribe