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Sun Pet Hamster-Basher Fired: Prosecution Next, Please!

Written by PETA | May 28, 2010

This week, PETA released never-before-seen footage from our three-month investigation of Sun Pet Ltd.—an Atlanta-based supplier of small mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and other animals to stores nationwide, including PETCO and PetSmart. In the shocking video, a Sun Pet worker is seen slamming hamsters against a table in an attempt to kill them—evidently because they were deemed unsalable. At least one of the hamsters was still alive for several minutes afterward, panting in the sealed plastic bag.

Not surprisingly, Sun Pet has released a video of its own, showing conditions for the animals at its Atlanta small-animal breeding farm. It doesn’t look all that great to us.



Thank you, Sun Pet, for helping PETA show the world the sort of hellish warehouses that PETCO and PetSmart’s animals come from! We are not quite sure which part is supposed to serve as a response to PETA’s allegations. Is it the footage of the animals who were crammed into pitch-black, tomb-like bins and wire cages; the footage of the animals who were being packed up for shipping as if they were inanimate objects; the footage of the chinchilla cages that the Georgia Department of Agriculture last month found to be in violation of the law; the footage of the fecal matter that was all over the small animals’ bedding; or the footage of the rabbits who were being kept in tiny, barren wire cages with no bedding to protect their tender feet?

In its written response to PETA’s video, Sun Pet says that it has dismissed the employee in the video. That’s a start—but it’s not enough. The manager who approved of the hamster-bashing is apparently still punching the clock down at Sun Pet. That’s the same manager who said that one could throw mice against a wall and suggested that PETA’s investigator expose small animals’ testicles by poking and prodding away at their abdomens as if they were PlayStation controllers.

Every employee who abused animals at Sun Pet should be fired and prosecuted—something that Sun Pet vice president and general manager Barry Wisebram said in an interview that he would “make sure” happened. PETA sent a letter to Wisebram yesterday asking him to stick to his word. (He’s apparently been too busy taking reporters on tours around his spruced-up warehouses, crafting misleading media statements, and making cameos in the video to do what’s right for the hundreds of thousands of animals in his care—or even to get back to us.)

Oh, and one more thing: In Sun Pet’s written response, the company asks for “suggestions or information that would help us.”

We think that’s a great idea. Please take a few minutes to contact Wisebram and politely suggest that it’s time for the company to get out of the animal business altogether:

Barry Wisebram
Sun Pet Ltd.
3765 Zip Industrial Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30354

Written by Paula Moore

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  • TN says:

    hey isnt animal cruelty illegal? if isnt it should be

  • Lori says:

    The faces of the workers that hurt the animals should not be censored! We have a right to know who is doing what to these small defenseless animals. Is it any different to do this to humans? Animals may not be able to ask for better living arrangements or for better treatment or even for these people not to take their babies. Though in the wild small animals do not stay with the mothers what makes ANYONE think that any animal would want to continue mating and having babies especially for profit? These people should be prosecuted for cruelty to animals as should the manager aware of the treatment. When will this end? Maybe we should be emailing these videos to Obama and other govt officials. Would there be action taken then? How do we make them aware of what is happening to animals beyond their own backyard?

  • Magda says:

    I just sealed my envelope to them! Sending it early morning. That really sucks overall..

  • Lisa says:

    I’m so discusted at the video i saw of that person bashing poor hamsters in a bag..Hamsters are my favorite animal and I have one and have had many..anyone who owns one will tell u that hamsters give u such unconditional love just like any animal..I hope that person gets prosecuted as if they would for doing that to a person..RIP little guys..

  • Maya says:

    I am disgusted. How could people so cruel and cold hearted? How?

  • Kathy says:

    What a freakin low life this worker is! What the hell is wrong with people? Good Job PETA for your undercover work!

  • Erica says:

    i have more love for animals than people. People are evil beings.

  • Danielle says:

    Some people just don’t have any brains as to treat another breathing creature of God like that. I’m sure they wouldn’t like it if they were stuffed in a bag and smashed against the table because they were a different race. Humans are disgusting.

  • Jenna says:

    Wow thats horrible !

  • Kim says:

    This makes me Sick!! they paint such a pretty picture dont they That company needs to be shut down !!

  • Beven Cowdell says:

    this is digusting he need to be charged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Julian says:

    I have just recently become a vegetarian and after watching this video and a few others I am definitley happy about not taking part in animal cruelty. It’s horrifying to find out stuff like this that I had no idea went on. It makes me cry but I feel I’ve made the best choice to not eat meat or support corporations that abuse animals.

  • Matthew9170 says:

    I am frustrated at how the animals are being treated down there…. watch the people say “oh i didn’t know that that was a crimewhile throwing the mouse at a wall”

  • Cindy Weatherby says:

    OMG I am ill. Maria is correct karma is a bitch. Prosecute.

  • bass says:

    PETA can you guys do anything for the animals in the gulf of mexico spill?

  • indycar01 says:

    suggestions? while i DO AGREA with peta that they SHOULD get out of the animal business all together they cant. thats like asking the tobbaco companys to just get out of that business. its not going to happen it cant it does sound as if they will accept suggestions GREAT! peta and us! needs to suggest to them how there business needs to be run. my suggestion.. hire animal rights people. me! lol have them hire animal lovers!

  • lisa says:

    How humans can do this to defenseless animals is disgusting to think how these animals suffer day after day how the hell do they get away with it time after after time?

  • Nicola_Lionetti says:

    This has got to be the most horrendous animal cruelty video i have ever seen. Why isnt petsmart closed down? its discusting how these animals are being treated. In my opinion that person needs to be more than just fired should be sent to life in prison for killing. Its obscene and outrageous.

  • Elaine says:

    THe most vile of human nature. This person should be put down!!

  • Kerrie says:

    Let’s remember to not just post here but to ACT! Let’s all write to this company so that they know that PETA is comprised of tons of individuals who care enough to take the time to know what is going on and will do something about it.

  • maureen says:

    I would like to know when will they show the faces of these KILLERS? Don’t I have the right to know who these MURDERERS are? They could be living in a neighborhood near youpoisoning your pets or WORSE….. As this video and pictures have shown they had little restraint in the KILLINGso why in the world are the faces of these lack of a better word PEOPLE blocked out. Hopefully they will be charged and maybe in a court near me so I can take pictures of them to blow up and display so my neighbors and theirs can see the faces of evil.Why should their image be silenced when they apparently enjoyed what they were doing?We should put them on the display that they have shown for the animals.How do people live with themselves. I have trouble sleeping after viewing this kind of materialbut I guess to some it is another days work. I just don’t get it.I believe in reincarnation wonder if they do!!!!

  • Rachel says:

    This is why i have come to really really dislike people now!!! They are cruelbackstabbersliars cheats..etc etc etc! I absolutely love animals much much more!! They will never hurt you or lie or cheat! All they want is food and love! People suck!! That fat slob needs to be prosecuted!!!

  • Petlover7 says:

    I worked at Petsmart and we always got sick pets from these guys. I was afraid to turn away the really sick ones when they dropped off our animal shipment beacuse I had a feeling they did things like this. Petsmart at least paid to get the animals well!! My guinea pig is from there and he came in our store with a hurt eye that needed to come out. Petsmart paid for that luckly but how many more were were returned to sun pet from other stores that met this fate? So sad. I was lucky to work at a rare Petsmart that actually cared about the pets and kept them well.

  • Lizz says:

    I do not know why the do this. there is no reason for it. its disgusting. RIP lil hamsters 3

  • Dawn says:

    I’m sorry but i can’t watch the video. I’m going to take your word for it P.E.T.A. Some peolpe just plain SUCK! R.I.P. little guys.

  • Jacque says:

    They all should be prosecuted !! Firing them is not the same as Punishing them for the crime they committed against these helpless animals !!!! Prosecute them. The laws have to get stronger on animal abuse.

  • Sophie says:

    I am ashamed to be of the same race as that murderer

  • Luther Iztym says:

    Yes I believe that you are right about everyhing you have said and im happy he got fired but I don’t think just firing the guy who slammed the hamsters against the is even enough because they would just go out and find another person who would do the same thing.

  • Maria says:

    Karma is a bitch

  • Gabriel Griffeth says:

    Disgusting and cruel. The only words to describe these people

  • Aneliese says:

    That scum needs to be charged.

  • Kayla Nault says:

    RIP 3 people are so disgusting.