Stop Selling Highly Social Marsupials Into Cruel Captivity

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Target: Kent Hojem, CEO of Washington State Fair

Goal: Stop the sale of marsupials at Washington State Fair.

Sugar gliders are small, nocturnal marsupials who live in large social groups. However, these animals are becoming a popular household pet where they are typically forced to live in a cage alone with many disturbances during their “sleep time.” The Washington State Fair plans on hosting the company, Pocket Pets, which is a traveling company that sells animals, mostly sugar gliders.

In the wild, these animals spend their time socializing with other sugar gliders and bouncing around from tree to tree. Their natural nocturnal cycle and desire to run and jump around large areas does not make them suitable for homes. Typically, sugar gliders in captivity are handled improperly, fed unnatural diets and spend their lives stuck in cages.

Sign this petition and demand the Washington State Fair cancel its plans with Pocket Pets. These animals belong in the wild, not in a person’s home.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Hojem,

Your fair is planning on hosting the company Pocket Pets, which is a company that sells animals, mainly sugar gliders.

Sugar gliders are small, nocturnal marsupials that enjoy living in large social groups and bouncing around from tree to tree. Life in captivity is much different. Typically in captivity, these animals are trapped in cages, alone, fed an unnatural diet, handled improperly and have disrupted sleep cycles.

Please do not host Pocket Pets. These animals deserve to be living in the wild among friends, not stuck alone in a cage.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Missy Autumn

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9 Comments

  1. Lajeanne Leveton says:

    “Pocket Pets” and other such companies should be BANNED…..most of these sugar gliders die very soon due to shock of being kept in captivity and the lack of knowledge of their owners in how to care for them.

    Dogs and cats make ideal pets….and MILLIONS die yearly in animal shelters…..reconsider these “exotic” pets and get an animal BRED over millions of years to BE a pet.

  2. These small creatures were never meant to be kept as pets. Do you provide instructions on their care and wellbeing before you happily hand them over to just anyone? Thought not.Grow up and think of something more sensible not involving any type of wildlife for your fair.

  3. Pocket pets should be run out of business.I call for a boycott of these monsters.

  4. NO animal should be held breed and kept in captivity for subhumans entertainment that includes dogs and cats. There are over 4 million pets killed each year and another 7 to 8 million abandoned to die lonely horrible death on the streets!! STOP this stupidity please if you love animals NEVER accept the current status quo. Help animals by pushing to stop the domestic animal trade. for them.

  5. no pocket pet giveaway now.leave the tiny marsupials at their native home to thrive now.

  6. I AM AN AUSTRALIAN LIVING IN AUSTRALIA AND SUGAR GLIDERS ARE A PROTECTED ANIMAL AND CANNOT BE KEPT AS PETS, HOW DID THESE PEOPLE GET THESE SUGAR GLIDERS IN THE FIRST PLACE, IT IS ILEGAL TO HAVE A SUGAR GLIDER, SO THESE PEOPLE ARE BREAKING THE LAW AND HAVE TO BE CHARGED ANS PROSICUTED FOR HAVEING A ENDANGERED PROTECTED ANIMAL, THEY ARE NATIVE TP AUSTRALIA ANS MUST HAVE BEEN SMUGGLED OUT OF AUSTRALIA ILEGALY SO THESE PEOPLE ARE CRIMINALS FOR EVEN HAVING A SUGAR GLIDER, PLEASE CONFISCATE THESE SUGARE GLIDERS AND TAKE THEM INTO PROPER CARE NOW.

  7. WAKE UP WASHINGTON STATE FAIR – these little sugar gliders are NOT pets – this is all about GREED and the sale of these little beings needs to be banned.

  8. The crime is in thinking that small lives have no value or feeling.
    Cruelty on the part of animal suppliers (self-interested and seeing dollar signs, exploiting) and thoughtlessness, inadvertent or otherwise, on the part of any who host and give these complex, helpless little creatures as pets.
    Captive diet nowhere close to replicating the abundance of necessary nutrients in the wild, these little animals more or less doomed from start to finish…
    Wild animals belong in the wild, not trafficked, manipulated and bought, on impulse, as pets…in a carnival setting (a setting which does not promote deep thought or responsibility with respect to care and maintenance of these animals).
    It’s time that live animal exploitation is banned across the board, not just at the Washington Fair, at all fairs and all other “entertainment” venues. Kent Hojem, please reconsider hosting the suffering and ongoing “death sentence” for sugar gliders…

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