Animal Cruelty in Today's Society

Topics: Pet, Veterinary medicine, Hamster Pages: 1 (311 words) Published: March 10, 2008
Animal Cruelty in Today's Society
PetSmart
For a company that claims to be "pet smart", petSmart has not been making intelligent choices for its' pet care. During a local undercover investigation by PETA, more than a hundred cases of small animals being deprived of necessary veterinary attention were documented. These small animals included lizards, birds, hamsters, and more. When PETA officials wrote an e-mail to a PetSmart executive, Bruce Richardson, he replied with "This particular store has an outstanding pet care team and an exceptional pet care record. No pet that has required a vet has been deprived of that service." One of the PETA members documented this entry in his journal: On October 23, 2006, a hamster in cage 10 in the sick room was found dead. This was one of the hamsters that I took to the vet on October 20, 2006, due to her having wet tail and crusty eyes. [The Pet Care Manager] had brought her back to the sick room before the vet could see her and told me that … she did not need to see the vet." PetSmart has its' employees diagnose sick animals instead of taking them to a certified veterinarian for a proper diagnosis. The following is an entry in the charts of a calico hamster made by an employee: "[Day 1, morning] wobbly, dehydrated, diarrhea … [Day 1, evening] very lethargic/dehydrated, regressing … [Day 2, morning] very wobbly, dehydrated … [Day 2, evening] dehydrated/getting hard, very lethargic … [Day 3, morning] dying, no meds given, can't swallow, regressed … [Day 3, evening] dead." The employee did not even have the hamster sent to a vet to have it put out of its' misery. So, after being presented with this information I hope you will join me in boycotting PetSmart until they stop selling animals. For more information see, www.peta.org.
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