Target: James M. Myers, CEO of Petco
Goal: Stop condemning parrots to stressful and emotionally stunted lives in captivity.
Parrots are complex, intelligent birds with an intense need for bonding and a very long lifespan. Every day these animals are sold at Petco stores across the country and every day parrot rescue organizations struggle to keep up with the influx of abandoned pets. It’s time for Petco to set aside the sale of parrots for good.
It is a widely regarded fact that even when in captivity, parrots are not considered domestic animals. Rather they are wild animals being kept as pets. In their natural habitat these birds bond for life, and with a lifespan of up to 80 years those bonds are meant to endure. Sadly it is estimated that on average a human owner will keep a pet parrot for about 2-4 years before abandoning the bird to rescue, reselling, or worse. Parrot rescues around the country are beyond capacity as more birds arrive on their doorstep each day. For a creature of high intelligence and complex emotional needs, this sort of instability is of physical and psychological detriment, often leading to serious symptoms such as self-mutilation. Despite all this, Petco continues to sell parrots in their retail stores, thus continuing to contribute to an already overwhelming problem.
It is time for Petco to end the sale of parrots for good. Sign below and urge them to give up this practice so that these beautiful birds can stop being sentenced to lives of stress and abandonment.
It is time for you to end the practice of selling parrots in your stores. These are birds of great intelligence and complex emotional makeup who belong in the wild where they can bond for the duration of their very long lives. They do not belong in cages where their fate is entirely uncertain and dependent on the whim of the people who purchase them without a clear understanding of the enormous responsibility of parrot caretaking.
Every day parrots are being abandoned to rescue sites that are overflowing and having to turn away birds. Desperate owners are sometimes forced to euthanize when there is no other option. Please stop contributing to the widespread misery of these beautiful animals by discontinuing parrot sales in all of your stores.
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Photo Credit: Tim Collins