“Horrifying.” “Disgusting.” “Horrible.” People rightly reacted with outrage after an Oak Park, Michigan, man posted a video of himself torturing a mouse with a stun gun until the animal died. A man identified by police as “David” purchased the mouse at a Petco store, took the animal to his car, and joked while he stunned the animal two or three times.
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The video, which has been played almost 100,000 times and was covered by local news media, cost David his job and led local law enforcement to confiscate the stun gun and seek cruelty charges against him.
But none of that will stop Petco from continuing to sell animals indiscriminately to anyone with a debit card. And of course, those are the animals who first survive the hellish conditions at Petco’s suppliers’ facilities. PETA has investigated and exposed rampant animal abuse at four different Petco suppliers. But it’s still business as usual for the store. Please refuse to shop at Petco until the store stops selling animals like packs of gum.