Pet stores suck


What’s wrong with this window advertisement ? Is it the fact that this months special is Iguanas for $9.99 plus tax ? Or the fact that these Iguanas are from El Salvador, which means that they have been smuggled or brought through some Iguana mill, much like puppy mills. If so, then that means that a lot of Iguanas had to die in order for the store to have the ones they have because those are the only ones strong enough to survive they’re horrific trip from El Salvador to Boyle Heights. I never liked the fact that people sell animals like novelties because they aren’t and with the way things are right now, no one wants to buy another mouth to feed. I can only think of what pet stores must be going through because they have to keep their “inventory” alive and healthy, costing them money everyday. The only thing pet stores are good for are buying supplies and food, not animals.

10 thoughts on “Pet stores suck

  1. Pet Stores do suck. If one should ever want anything besides a dog or cat (which are plentiful at Animal Shelters) then you should get your animal from a legit breeder NOT from someone importing them. As you say, so many needlessly die which is bad for them and for where they come from.

  2. Ha, this is the old Elias’ pet shop that was next to the Johnson’s, I used to help out at that shop many years ago. I’ve thrown away a fair amount of lil’ chickens that didn’t survive in the cages, refilled many water bottles, scooped out dead fish from tanks. The people were really cool, but yeah, the business model is pretty messed up.

  3. The pet obsession in America is troubling. What’s up with the little Paris Hilton shitzus in the grocery stores? Cross contamination, anyone? Every time I’m at the supermarket I’ll pass up at least 3 people holding one of those little rodents like it’s a newborn baby. I’ve always felt this would be a recession proof industry, since a lot of people take their pets more seriously than humanity in general, and have for some time now. But it looks like that if there’s anything good about the financial crisis, it’s bringing pet fanatics down to earth. Of course, it doesn’t help matters that the industry is responding by smuggling in fancy reptiles to boost sales, reptiles probably carrying salmonella. My advice would be to find some tad poles in a lake somewhere, and try to raise them into frogs. Give them names (not Jeremiah, come on. Be creative…). If you’re going to contract a bacteria that will give you the runs for 6 months, there’s no point in paying for it, too.

  4. UnGalan, I prefer ostriches or crocodiles on my boots/belts. Iguanas are ok.

    My CAPTCHA word was chunty. L.A. Eastside knows me too well. 🙂

  5. El Random, you are so right, it is so sad to see these animals in cages, and the process they go through, to me it’s like the zoo also, it’s almost like visiting someone in prison, it IS so sad.

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