Passover Pets – a call for regulation of pet sales

weeziepops 6 April 2009 46

I was disappointed to see a pet shop in the Hyperdome selling baby chickens, presumably in an attempt to cash in on the traditional links between Easter and hen’s eggs. Baby chickens are very cute. So are baby rabbits. But they don’t stay babies forever.

I wonder how many people who buy a baby chicken plan ahead for the chicken run they will need to erect in their garden to accommodate the adult bird? If the bird turns out to be a rooster, have they pondered how they will manage that situation given regulations around keeping these in urban and suburban settings? Check out www.rspca-act.org.au and you will see a number of rabbits already awaiting new homes – how many of these, I wonder, were impulse buys which were later regretted and have now been farmed off to the RSPCA to deal with?

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boganvilla boganvilla 9:28 pm 02 Jul 10

I bought three baby chickens from the pet shop 4 months ago.They were cute at the time and now are beautiful girl hens who will soon be laying eggs for the family. I’m glad the pet shop was selling the chicks, they are a great addition to our family and are very well looked after!!

SheepGroper SheepGroper 7:42 am 07 Apr 09

ebony57 said :

Sadly, when the lawful conditions for keeping breeding animals such as dogs turn them into nothing more than battery hens, there seems to be little that any animal welfare organisation can do to stop these monsters.

Except campaign for better conditions for battery hens, and all intensively farmed animals.

ant ant 1:28 am 07 Apr 09

The SMH has a story on this topic:
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2009/04/06/1238869906396.html
People being “forced” to surrendur their pets. Yep, forced. yet I bet they still find the money for takeaway… when will they be forced to “surrendur” their kids, or their elderly parents?

People can be absolute rubbish.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:55 pm 06 Apr 09

Beautiful plumage, the Norwegian blue.

Enny Enny 10:54 pm 06 Apr 09

We’ve had a few rescue dogs, and they’ve all been lovely but they’ve all been products of their environment. One of our current dogs was from a puppy mill, had three litters before she was two years old – she’s a mixed breed, so no doubt her puppies were sold at close to a grand each. The other one seems to have escaped from a similar situation – he has separation anxiety, had never been for a walk, is obsessive compulsive (he spends hours watching ants and bugs) and has been difficult to toilet train as he would only ‘go’ when he was under cover.

Buying puppies from petshops puts money in the pockets of the breeders. Why not put the money in the pocket of the rescuers and carers who are left to pick up the pieces after these impulse buys are discarded or mistreated?

Bundybear Bundybear 10:47 pm 06 Apr 09

Indeed, CK, Norwegian blue.

ant ant 10:32 pm 06 Apr 09

That Hall Market puppy mill even has radio ads. I haven’t been to Hall markets in some time, but I remember some exhausted puppies, trying to sleep in the heat and noise and stupid ignorant bogans waking them up so they could “perform” for their kids, like they’re machines or something. It makes my blood boil. It’s still boiling.

ebony57 ebony57 9:51 pm 06 Apr 09

I’d definately take the RSPCA over the puppy mill, oh sorry, “breeder”, that peddles their wares at the Hall markets. Their website is a veritable menu of possible “designer puppies”, yet I can’t go past thinking that these are just mutts that the gullibly cashed-up are buying because they are cute and fluffy as babies. That the pound websites are full of these animals once they pass the cure stage is just plain tragic.

Sadly, when the lawful conditions for keeping breeding animals such as dogs turn them into nothing more than battery hens, there seems to be little that any animal welfare organisation can do to stop these monsters.

Clown Killer Clown Killer 9:36 pm 06 Apr 09

Was it an ex-parrot?

Bundybear Bundybear 9:19 pm 06 Apr 09

C’mon guys, pleeeease! I’ts screaming out.

I bought a parrot from a pet shop………

SheepGroper SheepGroper 7:22 pm 06 Apr 09

peterh said :

Makes me wonder what they did to my pet shop bought cat when he was a kitten, before he came to live with us??

Maybe the young’un came from a similar house to that of one of my workmates – she keeps a pair of un-neutered dogs, so twice a year there are puppies. She’s aware that the pups very soon turn from trusting to growling at and trying to run away from her husband after he’s been left alone with them for a period of time. She knows her husband is doing something to the pups, but doesn’t care, who knows how they turn out?

anon1972 anon1972 6:15 pm 06 Apr 09

My wife is a registered cat breeder. We currently have kittens which we are looking for homes for. As part of the process we are trying to have the kittens desexed (they are 12 weeks of age). It is very hard to find a a vet to do it at that age. The concern we have is if we sell them entire they will be used to help stock the pet shops!

Clown Killer Clown Killer 5:44 pm 06 Apr 09

…and they like each other very much

You’ve never heard cats fcuking then …

taco taco 4:56 pm 06 Apr 09

I’d encourage everyone to avoid shops of Bates Pets Paradise calibre completely – they can’t even treat fish humanely

ant ant 4:31 pm 06 Apr 09

Granny said :

That little dog could have had a good life in a happy home. This does make me angry. A bad call that cost a little animal its life. Really upsetting.

I agree wholeheartedly, Granny. There was a home that wanted him, and now he’s dead and they got no dog. You wonder what people who do this kind of thing are thinking, sometimes. That said, my main charity remains the RSPCA. I just hope I don’t hear more stories like this one.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 4:18 pm 06 Apr 09

weeziepops said :

Regarding my specifically referring to live animals, it was to reflect the fact that some people keep reptiles which are fed, in many cases, dead rodents. Some pet shops sell these. Hence the deliberate choice of wording.

Fair enough.

weeziepops said :

I am yet to hear a good news story arising from a pet shop pet purchase.

I just gave you one. 🙂

weeziepops weeziepops 4:16 pm 06 Apr 09

Regarding my specifically referring to live animals, it was to reflect the fact that some people keep reptiles which are fed, in many cases, dead rodents. Some pet shops sell these. Hence the deliberate choice of wording.

I am yet to hear a good news story arising from a pet shop pet purchase. Most kittens and puppies have been weaned too soon and have health problems while others suffer the behavioural problems mentioned by peterh. One of my dogs was used as “a breeder” and I would love to meet the person who put her thought that – another save by RSPCA ACT, by the way!

Thumper Thumper 4:15 pm 06 Apr 09

Where do these shops get the beasties from exactly?

Well, there is a mummy cat and a daddy cat and they like each other very much…

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 4:11 pm 06 Apr 09

peterh said :

we bought one cat from bates pet paradise, and one from the RSPCA. the pet store one is psychotic, and we have to ensure he isn’t left near the kids. the rescued cat is gentle and affectionate. makes me wonder what they did to my pet shop bought cat when he was a kitten, before he came to live with us??

In contrast, we “rescued” a kitten from the RSPCA once. It died two weeks later with cat flu.

The replacement came from Bates almost 15 years ago. She is a great pet, with a wonderful temperament and is great with kids. We’ve had a good run with her health, the only issues have been a small period where we lived next to a tomcat that would fight with her quite a bit. She is now starting to get a bit cranky in her elder years, but still well behaved, considering, and she is still patient with young ones. Most people are surprised to learn she is over 14 years old as she looks well.

Our other cat is a rescued stray who was about one year old when he adopted us almost five years ago. Despite being freaked out by some weird things, he has a very placid and patient nature as well. He’s just a bloody guts at food time.

I’d say it’s hit and miss with moggies and, generally speaking, their point of sale (or not) has little to do with their personality.

Clown Killer Clown Killer 4:07 pm 06 Apr 09

Where do these shops get the beasties from exactly? I have been told that all the dog and cat breeder organisations are opposed to the sale of animals through pet shops. This would suggest that they’re being supplied by backyard operations dealing in mutts, mongrels and bitza’s – and if that’s what you’re after, surely the RSPCA or similar organisations are a better bet than paying a couple of hundred dollars at the pet shop.

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