Pet stores are cruel

Pet stores treat puppies, kittens, birds, hamsters, mice, rabbits and other animals as if they were accessories and sell them to anyone that throws down a credit card or cash.

Most puppies sold in pet stores arrived from mass-breeding facilities known as puppy mills. In these horrific places the animals are denied exercise, socialization and veterinary care. The puppies are usually taken from their mothers at an early age, packed into crates and trucked or flown hundreds of miles to brokers and then to pet stores. The puppies often go without adequate food, water or ventilation. Some of them don’t survive the difficult journey.

The smaller pets like hamsters, rabbits, mice and rats come from other mass-breeding facilities that are just as bad as puppy mills. This results in horrific treatment of tiny, vulnerable beings. It ultimately leads to them becoming homeless since they overpopulate many places. Once the pets are alone on the streets, they die within days because they don’t know how to fend for themselves.

The conditions while at some pet stores are insufficient at best, at worst, they are totally abusive. Puppies are kept in wire-bottomed cages. Small animals such as mice, hamsters, gerbils and rats are often crammed together into small, filthy, crowded cages or glass tanks. Fish who were meant to swim freely in their ocean, lake or river habitats are reduced to circling the same few inches of water in tanks that are usually dirty and crowded with no resemblance to their natural homes. Exotic birds are typically kept in tiny cages, which prevents them from satisfying their natural needs to fly and socialize with others of their own kind. Most often, the birds have their wings clipped, a procedure that clips off part of the feathers and wings. It can cause psychological and behavioral issues, such as feather plucking.

The animals that don’t get bought after being there for so long usually get replaced by new ones. The ones that were replaced are killed because they were no longer able to make the pet store any profit. They are euthanized or just simply tossed into trash dumpsters.

Pet stores take away chances for animals at shelters to be adopted into loving homes. Breeders for pet stores churn out countless numbers of animals each year, while millions of dogs and cats are killed before finding a good home.

Deprived of regular, loving human contact, puppies and kittens bought at pet stores are usually difficult to socialize and train.The fact that most pet stores don’t bother to screen potential animal adopters means many animals who are purchased on a whim by unprepared people end up at animal shelters, on the streets or dead.

Anyone can help the pets in pet stores by adopting. There are many pet rescues all around the world that have animals found in pet stores waiting to be adopted.