A pet shop is a place where dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, reptiles,
rodents, fish, and other animals not born and raised on those premises
are kept for the purpose of sale to the public. While many people are
very satisfied with the pets they acquire from pet stores, critics of
pet stores argue that there are numerous problems with the way most
stores acquire, care for, and sell animals.
Many stores acquire
most or all of their stock from large-scale commercial breeding
operations that may also supply animals to industries that pet store
patrons could find morally objectionable (such as cosmetics testing).
Though not all of these facilities breed dogs, most are essentially the
equivalent of puppy mills for other species. Overcrowded cages and long,
stressful journeys via air or truck can cause the spread of disease,
resulting in sick animals arriving in the store.
Large pet store
chains frequently house sick animals in plain view with their other
stock. Store employees are sometimes inappropriately educated in the
handling of animals; picking up fancy rats by their tails, for example,
is a common pet shop practice even though it is known to be painful to
the animal. Due to the nature of the store environment, animals are not
usually properly socialized by the time they are sold to their new
owner. This can result in frustration for the owner and even the
eventual abandonment of the pet.
Some pet stores have a screening
system and attempt to counsel or interview potential pet owners.
Reputable stores may refuse to sell a pet to someone who appears
irresponsible or otherwise unable to care for the pet they wish to buy.
However, most stores do not abide by this policy, and even reputable
stores may mistakenly sell pets into homes where they will be abused or
abandoned. Many animals are purchased on impulse (especially as pets for
children); these animals suffer when the novelty of the new pet wears
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