Urge PetSmart to End Relationship With Inhumane Reptile Mill

Target: PetSmart President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael J. Massey

Goal: Stop buying reptiles from barbaric reptile mill in Ohio allegedly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of animals.

A recent PETA investigation has unearthed unhealthy and inhumane conditions at a reptile mill in Ohio that sells reptiles to the large retailer PetSmart. The animals kept at this facility were subjected to unsanitary, cramped living conditions in addition to a lack of clean food and water. Hundreds of reptiles died as a result of the terrible conditions at this mill over the course of three months. It is essential that PetSmart stop buying from this company as it obviously has a wanton disregard for the health and lives of the reptiles in its care.

During the three-month investigation, employees of PETA witnessed barbaric acts against the reptiles living in this Ohio reptile mill. Thousands of frogs, lizards, turtles, snakes, and other reptiles were cramped into tight living spaces that were often extremely dirty and full of feces. In addition, many reptiles attempted to escape their confined living conditions, resulting in injuries as severe as bloodied wounds on their noses and tails being broken off.

Not only were many reptiles wounded within the facility, but they then didn’t have access to sufficient veterinary care; many were left to suffer until they were ultimately “put down” through carbon dioxide poisoning in plastic bags. Over the course of three months, investigators witnessed the death of 675 reptiles in just two of the company’s various departments.

The treatment of reptiles in this mill is barbaric, inhumane, and intolerable. Their actions are unlikely to stop, however, when large companies such as PetSmart are purchasing reptiles from them. Therefore, it is essential that PetSmart take the lead and end its relationship with this mill to show that this treatment of reptiles will no longer be tolerated by large retailers. Please support reptiles and their right to healthy and humane treatment by signing the below petition and demanding that PetSmart end its patronage of Reptiles by Mack.


Dear Mr. Massey,

I am writing to request that your company officially end its relationship with Reptiles by Mack, a reptile mill in Ohio that keeps its animals in terrible living conditions. A recent investigation by PETA has discovered that this reptile mill subjects reptiles to unsanitary, cramped living conditions with a lack of clean food and water. Mills such as this are unlikely to change their practices unless given proper incentive. Your company, as a major retailer, is in a position to send Reptiles by Mack a powerful message by refusing to do business with them.

PETA investigators looked into this Ohio mill over the course of three months and witnessed the horrific living conditions in which the reptiles were confined. The animals, including frogs, lizards, turtles, and snakes, were kept in tight, confined spaces that were often full of feces. Many of the animals attempted to escape their cramped spaces, which resulted in serious injuries that then went untreated and ultimately led to death. PETA investigators witnessed the death of 675 reptiles in just three months.

The treatment of these innocent animals by this company is cruel and inhumane, and it must stop. PetSmart is a well-known retailer, and if your company ends its relationship with Reptiles by Mack, it might incentivize change in how it treats its animals. Please support reptiles and their right to healthy living conditions by distancing PetSmart from Reptiles by Mack.


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One Comment

  1. Shelli Schmidt says:

    I absolutely adore & love reptiles, all animals deserve love, care & respect. Shut down all these mills,burn them to the ground…(pours gas on them & strikes a match)

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