Target: Jack and Ellen Schubarth, Owners of Jack’s Pet Center
Goal: Urge owners of Jack’s Pet Center to move monkeys confined to a small display cage to a sanctuary.
Capuchin monkeys are social, wild animals used to exploring the rainforests of their natural habitat. So why does Jack’s Pet Center insist on keeping six Capuchin monkeys on display in a tiny, dirty enclosure? Sign the petition urging the owners of Jack’s Pet Center to do the right thing and transfer the monkeys to a sanctuary where they can live their lives as they were meant to.
Keeping monkeys as pets–or just keeping them in captivity–is not unheard-of in the United States. However, the conditions at Jacks Pet Center are, to say the least, inadequate. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) claims to “routinely receive…calls from customers who leave the store distraught” at the monkeys’ condition and living situation, a sentiment backed by numerous user reviews on Google+ and Yelp. One user’s blurry picture of the monkeys was captioned, “The fact that you can barely see them is because the glass is caked with pee and the like.” Other pictures show a bare enclosure with tiled walls and a sawdust-covered floor that is free of toys or climbing structures–especially worrying since PETA warns that Capuchin monkeys deprived of adequate stimulation become erratic and dangerous (to both themselves and others).
PETA claims that it has offered to move the monkeys to a sanctuary but that the owners of Jack’s Pet Center have refused. Do not allow the abuse and neglect of these monkeys to continue unabated. Sign the petition and urge Jack’s Pet Center to transfer the monkeys to a sanctuary as soon as possible.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Schubarth,
The website for Jack’s Pet Center proclaims that “pets aren’t just our business–they’re part of our family!” This admirable sentiment is in direct conflict with the treatment customers report seeing the animals at Jack’s Pet Center receive. Of special concern are the Capuchin monkeys on display in the store. Capuchins are wild animals, subject to become erratic and dangerous if confined for long periods of time without adequate stimulation. Please do what is right–and responsible–and allow the monkeys to be transferred to a sanctuary.
The condition of the monkeys at Jack’s Pet Center has engendered concern from numerous quarters, including individual animal aficionados, walk-in customers, and animal welfare groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The latter reports that it receives calls from concerned Jack’s Pet Center customers on a regular basis, and a number of reviews on Yelp and Google+ confirm this sentiment. It is high time for something to be done about the monkeys’ living situation.
Please do what is best for not only your monkeys but also for the health and safety of your staff and customers–transfer the monkeys to a sanctuary as soon as possible.
[Your Name Here]
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