A recent expose has revealed horrific conditions for the animals in the care of PetSmart and their supply chain. We here at SoPawfect believe in the power of a free press to encourage change for the better, and in this spirt, present the following information for your consideration.
Check it out per The Monster Among Us:
A PETA exposé reveals suffering animals warehoused in filthy conditions at Reptiles by Mack, yet another major supplier to PetSmart and many other stores. Tens of thousands of frogs, lizards, turtles, snakes, bearded dragons, and other reptiles were confined to barren, filthy, crowded plastic tubs and deprived of even the most basic care, such as fresh food and water, heat and UV lamps, and veterinary attention. Emaciated, lethargic animals were often found by PETA’s eyewitnesses, who also saw hundreds of animals who had died or been killed.
One worker told an eyewitness that tortoises were intentionally deprived of water, despite his repeated complaints. Upper management had “no… empathy for the animals,” he said. “They just really run it like a business.”
PETA eyewitnesses spent a combined 15 weeks at the facility, documenting systemic abuses and deprivation inherent in the pet trade. For many animals, the stress and suffering started even before they arrived in Ohio. Animals were shipped from all over the world in barbaric conditions: crammed into plastic two-liter bottles, one-gallon milk jugs, mesh bags, and wooden crates separated into tiny compartments like egg cartons. Many were dead on arrival—having surely suffered tremendously during capture and transport, and workers carelessly cut open the containers with box cutters. At the other end of the journey—when animals were shipped out to PetSmart—conditions were equally harsh. Animals were shipped in plastic containers resembling restaurant “to go” boxes. One of PETA’s eyewitnesses saw hundreds left packed up for over 24 hours—without a drop of water or a scrap of food—before finally being subjected to shipping in all kinds of weather.
Tens of thousands of frogs, lizards, turtles, snakes, bearded dragons, and other reptiles were kept at the facility at any given time confined to barren, filthy, crowded plastic tubs and deprived of even the most basic necessities, such as heat and UV lamps, veterinary care, fresh food, and even water to drink and soak in.
PetSmart is well aware that investigation after investigation into its animal suppliers has found factory-farm conditions, filth, crowding, deprivation, neglect, cruelty, and prolonged, painful death. Yet it continues to sell animals and do business with these mills.
Here is a video shot by the investigators:
We would like to encourage you to not buy pet supplies from retailers that sell animals. You can let PetSmart officials know that you’ll instead buy supplies from businesses that don’t sell animals, like Target, Walgreens, or online retailers.
Every purchase decision you make can positively impact the lives of countless animals. Thank you and God bless!