The Video PetSmart Doesn’t Want You to See

Published by Alisa Mullins.

Have you ever wondered where the lizards, turtles, hamsters, and other animals sold in PetSmart stores come from? PETA sent eyewitnesses inside six factory animal dealers—including Reptiles by Mack, Holmes Farm, U.S. Global Exotics, Sun Pet, Rainbow World Exotics, and Brelean Corporation—that supply PetSmart or other pet stores and found suffering, abuse, and systemic failures at each and every one of them.

PETA eyewitnesses have seen animals crammed into filthy, crowded plastic bins that were stacked into shelving units like old bank statements. They’ve seen animals deprived of water for days, sick and injured animals denied veterinary care, and animals being bashed, stepped on, and torn to shreds. They’ve documented that animals were cruelly killed by being bludgeoned, gassed, or frozen to death or simply thrown away like garbage.

PetSmart’s supply chain is rife with suffering. Wild animals are cruelly torn from their natural homes, bred in massive mills, warehoused in squalor, and more. PetSmart is well aware that investigation after investigation into its animal supply chain has found filth, severe crowding, deprivation, neglect, and prolonged, painful deaths. Yet it continues to do business with cruel companies and to sell living beings as if they were collars and squeaky toys.

Please, share this video widely and pledge never to buy pet supplies from retailers that sell any animals. Let PetSmart know that you’ll buy supplies only from businesses that don’t sell animals, such as Target, Walgreens, or online retailers.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind