Demand PetSmart Stop Buying Cruelly Sourced Animals

Target: Micheal J. Massey, CEO of PetSmart

Goal: Stop buying animals from supplier facing 117 federal animal cruelty citations.

Hundreds of small animals, including hamsters, chinchillas, rabbits, and rats were found sick and dying on a breeding ranch. A United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigation revealed neglected animals, filthy conditions, and untrained staff performing euthanasia at Holmes Chinchilla Ranch in Pennsylvania. The investigation was sparked by a video taken by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) undercover workers and released to the Associated Press.

The video showed water dishes fouled by feces, loose cats allowed to prey upon the rodents, and bins full of dead and decomposing animals. The rights group reports that animals were put in a cooler to be gassed to death or put in bags in the freezer to die by untrained employees tasked with euthanizing animals. According to the USDA inspection report, these employees admitted learning euthanasia procedures “from the internet.”

Two major retailers, PetSmart and Petco, purchased small animals from the ranch. While Petco announced that is has dropped the Holmes ranch as a supplier, PetSmart has refused to make a public statement on the matter, saying that it does “not comment on the status of relationships with vendors.” According to PETA sources, including one person that reportedly still works at the ranch, PetSmart is still buying animals from the facility.

The only reason these types of cruel breeding centers are still operating is because they are still profitable. Without the support of consumers, they would be forced to close. Sign the petition below to demand that PetSmart stop its support of cruel breeding practices and drop the Holmes Chinchilla Ranch as a supplier.


Dear Mr. Massey,

The Holmes Chinchilla Ranch in Pennsylvania is currently facing at least 117 citations for animal cruelty for inadequate veterinary care, improper training of employees, and inadequate sanitation. Animals were found dead, dying, and suffering from a host of medical conditions ranging from hair loss to advanced infections.

By supporting these types of breeders, PetSmart is perpetuating animal cruelty. When you refuse to publicly comment on your relationships with suppliers and condemn them when they break animal welfare laws, informed consumers are far less likely to patronize your stores. We, the undersigned, urge you to drop the Holmes ranch as a supplier and take a stronger stance against animal cruelty within your supply chain.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Larry D. Moore

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