Goal: End the sale of live animals
PetSmart continues to sell live animals despite numerous undercover investigations showing blatant animal cruelty and neglect. Please tell PetSmart that you will not be buying any products from them until they cease to end this suffering and stop all sales of live animals indefinitely.
Animals sold at PetSmart Pet stores live a life of misery and uncertainty. Those who survive the long, arduous journey from the breeding mill to the pet store may not be the luckiest of the bunch. Undercover investigations showed deplorable conditions at several PetSmart stores in which animals were living in filth, covered in their own waste, crammed into tiny cages and hidden in the storage areas located behind customers’ view. Many animals were suffering from severe wounds and extreme diarrhea, left to die a slow, painful death, never given veterinary care.
PetSmart considers these animals casualties of the business; it is cheaper to buy another parrot than it is to provide basic veterinary care to an ill or dying one. Whistleblowers have come forward with videos showing blatant animal cruelty. Many workers explain that they are trained to only provide minimal care and to place dead or dying animals in the freezer. Despite massive amounts of evidence, PetSmart denies all allegations of cruelty and neglect.
PetSmart is in the business of making money, not making animals happy and healthy. A dead or dying animal poses no concern to PetSmart and is thrown away and another is just bought in its place. Until PetSmart ceases to sell live, miserable animals, we must boycott all products. Please tell PetSmart you are disgusted with its live animal sales, and that you will not be buying anything from PetSmart until there are no animals for sale in its stores.
Dear David K. Lenhardt, CEO PetSmart,
I was horrified to learn that PetSmart continues to sell live animals despite the well-documented maltreatment of these innocent creatures. The live animal trade forces many innocent, sensitive creatures to endure a life full of pain and misery. Please immediately end the sales of all live animals in PetSmart stores.
Whistleblowers have continuously documented severe neglect and abuse of many animals at PetSmart stores, including hamsters, rabbits, rats, chinchillas, lizards, birds and many other species. Video evidence has shown many animals suffering from treatable conditions denied basic veterinary care, thrown into a freezer after they die or often before they are dead, only to be replaced by another poor, innocent creature from the supplier. PetSmart would rather buy another animal than give veterinary care to an ailing one as this is more profitable for business.
Animals do not deserve to suffer in these deplorable conditions, often dying before ever being bought by a customer. Please end all live animal sales indefinitely. Until PetSmart is cruelty free, neither I nor my friends and family members will be buying any products from PetSmart.
[Your Name Here]
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