Should pet shops be illegal?

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    Helpful Hannaposted 13 years ago

    Should pet shops be illegal so all animals can be adopted from shelters?

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      C.J. Wrightposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, it would leave more retail space for more reputable business' like Massage Parlors, Pay Day Loans and Rent to Own furniture stores.

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        Helpful Hannaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        It would save animals!  We don't have to have a business on every square inch of land.  We have thousands of unwanted animals.  Shouldn't we find homes for them rather than breeding more and more while others are being killed?

  2. Cagsil profile image72
    Cagsilposted 13 years ago

    And I thought I'd heard it all before. roll Wow!

    1. Rafini profile image70
      Rafiniposted 13 years agoin reply to this


  3. libby101a profile image60
    libby101aposted 13 years ago

    I think they should! But that will never happen! There's too much money in pet stores! It will never be illegal!

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      Helpful Hannaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I think there is a city or county in California that has banned pet shops.  It would be great if that spread everywhere.  We'd save lots of animals.

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    kironicposted 13 years ago

    i think pet shops shouldent be illegal cause really where would a homless animal go?

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    china manposted 13 years ago

    Don't be ridiculous - a pet is an animal that gets better treatment in any pet shop than the pig or cow you ate part of yesterday !  Get a grip and invest emotions in people - if you must fight for animals fight against the horrendous life that the battery hens live - who provide you eggy weggy every morning - and the intolerably psychotic life of the pig that contributes that delicious smell to your kitchen in the mornings !

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      ShortStoryposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      What is "eggy weggy"?

    2. Shadesbreath profile image80
      Shadesbreathposted 13 years agoin reply to this


      Farms and ranches for pigs and cows are just like pet shops... they are all run by humans.

      I grew up on a cattle ranch and our animals lived on open pastures with acres and acres of grass and clover to eat, fresh water piped into troughs for them on top of natural springs and creeks to drink from. They were never even bothered by us except when they came in if we'd just bought them or if they got sick, in which case they were doctored either by us if it was something we could fix, or by a vet.

      In fact, not only were they given awesome pasture to occupy, they were protected from predators and we went out of our way to make sure coyotes didn't bother them when they were vulnerable (as calves or as cows giving birth).

      To make some sweeping judgment about how cattle or pigs are raised or even how they are treated at the feedlots and packing plants shows how little you actually know. You have been brainwashed by idiots like Al Gore and those other liars who take the sad truth about some individual facilities and use the video from them to paint an entire industry and the families who support it as demons.

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        china manposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Of course there are places where cattle, even pigs are happy.  My ex's father has a similar place in Wales, next door to people who factory farm pigs.

        Your vision of animal heaven is in some ways just looking the other way - go and look at some intensive pig rearing farms and battery hen houses before you sweep away my judgements.

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      Helpful Hannaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      You are off topic.  I am referring to the thousands of animals that are put to sleep because no one wants them.  Instead, they want the "perfect" dog and they're going to pet shops.  Some puppy mills aren't so great.  They put out as many puppies as they can for the $$$$$.

  6. Bill Manning profile image67
    Bill Manningposted 13 years ago

    Actually I have a pet website and write articles about the local pet rescue organizations here. In Petsmart and Petco pet supply stores, the dogs and cats you see there are from rescue places.

    So those actually are good. However the other places that sell cats and dogs for profit enable puppy mills that often don't treat the animals well.

    So I actually think those places should stop selling cats and dogs, we already have too many. Places that sell high class purebreds are different and they don't sell them in pet shops.

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      Helpful Hannaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I agree.  Any type of adoption or rescue shelter is a great place to get your pets.  You will save them and have a new family member.

  7. habee profile image92
    habeeposted 13 years ago

    We should treat ALL creatures better - humans and animals!

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    Toby Hansenposted 13 years ago

    How about this idea?
    Change the system so that pet shops have to get their animals from the pounds and rescue shelters.
    Merry Xmas to all... two and four legged!

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      Helpful Hannaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      That's a great idea.  There are so many animals that need a good home.  Merry Christmas!

  9. Paul Wingert profile image60
    Paul Wingertposted 13 years ago

    I know buying a puppy or kitten from a pet shop should be avoided like the plaque. I believe and will support the banning of puppy/kitten mills. Pet stores should stick with selling pet supplies and small animals like hamsters, fish and turtles. Although when shopping for any pet, going to the local animal shelter should be the first stop. My niece rescuded a 2 year old PitBull from a local shelter who was abused. She worked with him and after a short time, he turned out to be a great dog! For someone who wants a particular kind of dog should go to a reputable breeder.

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      Richieb799posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, reputable breeders usual do it because they are passionate about the Dog. We bought our Shiatsu from a breeder and they were looked after in a warm home and even came with a descendants record smile

  10. Whitney05 profile image82
    Whitney05posted 13 years ago

    Most small animals, fish, and reptiles, are purchased from wholesalers by the pet store. Many of these pets are laden with parasites and illnesses. Have you ever been at a pet store when they unload the new animals?

    I have.

    I've seen dead upon arrival. I have seen near dead. I have seen extreme wet tail, parasites, infections, dehydration, etc.

    These are not from shipping but from improper care prior to the pet store.

    I have also seen pet store managers say, unless it is severe it doesn't go to the vet. Deal with it.

    Do not say that pet store pets are treated better than anything, as many are ill and housed improperly.

    1. Paul Wingert profile image60
      Paul Wingertposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Okay, I will agree with you on that. I didn't think about that when I came to small animals. The local pet store here is very good about the health of their small animals. Now that you mention it, and I should of thought more about it , there's the ones you described, like Walmart who are the worst when it comes to their fish. So, I will change my mind and say that pet stores should only deal with pet supplies and that's it.

  11. j.amie profile image60
    j.amieposted 13 years ago

    Before I delve too far in this, I must say that after some research I decided to adopt my two cats from a shelter. I weighed the options at that time, and here are my thoughts:

    If you tackle this, then you will also have to consider breeders. This is difficult to address morally...because there is indeed a purpose for breeders (keeping a particular bloodline pure, or type of animal un-bred with others).  Without them, on a certain level we would have just a bunch of mutts really...with no distinct bloodlines and no distinguishing characteristics in personality or appearance from one breed or another.  With them, however - folks that prefer that purebred ideal tend to pass over the wonderful pets that are going to be euthanized as a result. That $800 just spent on a Bengal could have saved the lives of many other cats at the shelter, but it also keeps the breeder in business (you would be surprised how much it costs to PROPERLY breed and maintain such a business) and keep the breed alive.

    Another thing to consider:  Some pet stores (like PetSmart, to name a big one) actually pick their pets for sale from the shelter system.  Many pet stores do this, so ask before you assume.

    Just like many things in this country (yes i realize all of the readers here might not be in the USA) I believe that diversity of opinion and personal choice regarding this subject should be allowed.

    1. evvy_09 profile image61
      evvy_09posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I agree that without breeders, we wouldn't have the beautiful breeds of dogs or cats that we do have.  But the mutts often make the best dogs.  Everyone of my dogs are mixed.  I have a rottweiler/great pyrenese mix that is huge but he is so sweet.  All of them are naturally well behaved and smart, except my border collie mix who is a barker.   
      Our third dog is a beagle mix, I think.  We saw him almost get hit by a truck at a outdoor flea market and somehow never could find his owner.  We walked around with him, looking for 5 hours.  So we took him home. 
      And now I'm not even sure what my point is, lol I've had a couple drinks so I'm spacey.

  12. caninecrtitics profile image60
    caninecrtiticsposted 13 years ago

    Bill is right Petsmart and Petco do the adoption animals but it's time to teach people the proper way to treat animals.  And hold people to stronger legal action for not doing so.  Heck bring back the eye for an eye rule.  You drag your dog behind the car to kill it, guess what you get the same done to you.  You want to pitbull fight, then you get in the ring and fight a UFC fighter or even a pitbull.  I run a pet website also that I have found alot of great animal shelters.  So petstores aren't bad it's the small handful of people who neglect.

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      Helpful Hannaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I like your thinking.  I think people who are cruel to animals should be harshly punished.  You have to be pretty awful to hurt a harmless creature.


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