We all walked past a pet store and looked into the big sad eyes at tiny puppies and kittens staring at us through the window. None of us can deny that they are all adorable. We all want to bring each of them home and give them the best possible life. But buying an animal from a pet store is never a good idea, even when your intentions (saving the animal with the life of an item to sell) are good.
He turns animals into goods
Pet stores should not be supported in any form. They trivialize animals and teach us that these sentient beings are unequal and deserve to be treated like second-class animals.
Humans have turned non-human animals into commodities and reduced them to price tags and a few hours of evening entertainment when we come home from work. That’s not to say we wouldn’t love animals bought from a pet store, but it’s not enough. These pet stores don’t care about the love and warmth these animals will receive once purchased. They are concerned about the profit they are going to make.
If a sentient being is brought up and thrown into an exhibition cage to be sold, he is a slave and an object.
Animals are regularly mistreated
We only see healthy, live animals in a pet store. Pet stores would be much less welcoming if they displayed all animals that died in transit or got sick from not being well cared for.
According to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, most puppies in pet stores come from puppy mills. They “are usually crammed into filthy, overcrowded and stacked wire cages and denied healthy food, clean water and basic veterinary care.” Mothers are continuously fertilized without any consideration for their health and well-being.
Exotic animals couldn’t be easier. Transporting them is dangerous and results in the death of many lizards, turtles and other exotic beings before they even reach the pet store. Carrying them from one place to another is also dangerous for the people who work with them, as animals can carry diseases.
Life on display
There is nothing cute about living the life on display in a store. Animals need stimulation and affection. Think about how a kitten or puppy loves to snuggle up with someone and take a nap. This desire doesn’t only appear once you bring them home. It was present the entire time they were sitting on hard ground in a little box looking at the world.
As a society, we must stop normalizing the mistreatment of animals just because they are not human. We would be appalled if we saw a human for sale in a store window. Why is it different from selling a cat or a dog?
There are many animals that need loving homes. Rescue is an incredibly rewarding act of kindness that gives an animal a better life without supporting the cruel and greedy pet shop industry.
If you feel that you need a pet in your life, we strongly encourage you to adopt, not buy. It’s a small decision for you, but it makes all the difference for the thousands of animals who are raised to die in the back of a store or whose price determines their lifespan.
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