Written on: 14/06/2012 by SamMidd
As a youth I spent some time in the Pets at Home Centre in Bristol, pointing out the dead animals to the staff members - who quite frankly wouldnt notice the difference.
Since then, nothing has changed. Rats are kept together well past the age of breeding, thus many new owners will probably find their rat pregnant. When I spoke to staff they told me that they didnt realise that the testicles of the rats were testicles but a birth defect!!! Which begs the question...WTF! Why are you trying to sell defective rats? Rabbits are commonly kept in heated accommodations and then sold in the middle of winter to be put in an outside hutch... where they freeze to death as they are not acclimatised. Fish are commonly found floating in the tank, or being attacked by others.
Due to the Animal Welfare Act 2006 Pets at Home should have been shut down along time ago. They are no adhering to the 5 freedoms, as Fish are also covered by this act, and if they are being kept with species that will attack them then they are breaking the 'Freedom of Pain injury and disease, and the 'Freedom from fear and distress'. Many animals also do not have the freedom from discomfort due to overcrowding or unsuitable accommodation.
Lets start a campaign to shut them down!
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