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In April 2005, PETCO took a bold first step in promoting a more humane corporate policy by discontinuing the sale of large parrot species and improving the standards of care for small birds, mice and rats that will continue to be sold in the stores — a decision that will go a long way towards the establishment of working relationships with the avian welfare community. PETsMART, however, has yet to indicate their intention to take similar action. Nevertheless, it is time for animal advocates to step back and consider the impact PETCO and PETsMART's policies regarding the sale of live animals has in the bigger picture.
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Unfortunately, more and more people are now buying birds and other exotic animals as pets — many from PETCO and PETsMART, who are irresponsibly encouraging the exotic animal trade. Many bring them home without having done the crucial research and soul-searching necessary to determine if they can truly provide a long-term, responsible home for these animals. Instead of bringing them home as new family members, some people buy exotic pets as status symbols, mascots, entertainers, investments, decorations, or collectors items. Many of these animals purchased on impulse in response to a cute PETCO or PETsMART baby parrot display or fantastic 20%-off sale will become unwanted when the reality of their needs sets in. Blood-Red Parrot Cichlid | live pet Live Fish | PetSmart
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Each year, PETCO and PETsMART sell thousands and thousands of parrots and other birds. Many of these birds are produced in large-scale breeding facilities where the babies often don't receive the individualized attention crucial to proper companion bird socialization. These babies are often shipped and sold unweaned by uneducated PETCO and PETsMART staff members to uneducated buyers, along with mostly mediocre — or even unsafe — bird care products. However, PETCO and PETsMART's marketing studies admittedly have proved that they can still make more money selling parrots, reptiles, and other exotic animals than they could if they didn't. Public education has not yet caught up with the realities that bird experts have known for years, so PETCO and PETsMART are not yet afraid of the public's response to their irresponsibility making a large impact on their bottom line. They are hoping to make as much money as possible until the exotic pet market begins to crash — at the expense of what will be the lives of millions of parrots sold by them. To protect their bottom line, PETCO and PETsMART continue to irresponsibly market birds in their advertisements and store displays as "easy to care for." The truth is that parrots are actually extremely demanding pets because they are still wild animals in spite of being bred and hand-raised in captivity. All parrots scream, all parrots bite, and all parrots are efficient chewers. Another example of the foray into marketing live animals is PETsMART's Preferred Birds, a partnership owned and operated by PETsMART and Kaytee, a leading bird food manufacturer. This program involves the shipment of unweaned birds from breeders to PETsMART's holding facilities, where they are prophylactically treated with antibiotics, "hand-raised" — a term which can be misleading as birds are fed by tube or "gavage" methods — and then shipped to PETsMART stores. The program has been denounced by respected avian behaviorists, veterinarians, breeders, and trainers because it significantly reduces the time necessary for the normal social, physical, and emotional development of parrot chicks.