Westfield: No longer permit pet store retailers to sell live animals in your shopping centres.
  • Petitioning John Batistich

This petition will be delivered to:

Director of Marketing
John Batistich
85 Castlereagh St Sydney NSW 2000
Westfield Group Australia
Group Director of Corporate Affairs
Mark Ryan
Director of Shopping Centre Management and Marketing
Andy Hedges
Director of Leasing
Peter Leslie
One Green Bean - Westfield PR
Matt Buchanan

Westfield: No longer permit pet store retailers to sell live animals in your shopping centres.

    1. Petition by

      Emma Morris

      Melbourne, Australia

A pet store at Westfield Carindale in Queensland has been shamed into action because of a photograph that appeared on social media. The photograph was of a puppy for sale by one of their retailers that was injured and clearly in need of care and should not have been on display in a glass box. 

You can see the terrible photo here. Westfield released a statement that said, “We have raised this with the retailer and they have advised us that the dog has been inspected by a vet and was removed from the store this evening.”

But where did this puppy come from and what does 'removed' mean? And why would a large corporate global shopping centre chain want people to impulse purchase pets in their centres in any case?

This is 2014. We know too much about the cruel practises of puppy farming to just stand by and turn a blind eye to pet stores and breeders profiting from selling small creatures. Puppy factories are condemned by the RSPCA as being nothing more than "breeding machines used for profit" - where hundreds of animals are kept in tiny, filthy cages and not allowed to play freely.

The decision to take on a pet should not be made while watching a 8 week old puppy behind some glass for 10 minutes.

If Westfield Australia takes a stand on this issue and no longer lets their tenants sell any live animals in their shopping centres, they will be saying that they care about ending the uncertainty for so many animals and they don't support puppy farming and they do support responsible pet ownership.

Perhaps Westfield could have partnerships with rescue groups to educate their customers on adopting a pet and the huge responsibility that comes with it.

What are you going to do, Westfield? Do you support 'adopt don't buy'?

Sign this petition today to show Westfield you want them to take leadership on this issue!


You can see more information about puppy farming on the RSPCAs website here

John Batistich, Director of Marketing
Westfield Group Australia, 85 Castlereagh St Sydney NSW 2000
Mark Ryan, Group Director of Corporate Affairs
Andy Hedges, Director of Shopping Centre Management and Marketing
Peter Leslie, Director of Leasing
Support, Westfield
Matt Buchanan, One Green Bean - Westfield PR
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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100,000 signatures
    2. My reply to Westfield

      Emma Morris
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your response, but this really doesn't address the core concerns of the petition itself, of which 85,000+ people have now signed.

      Although the treatment of the beagle was the catalyst to this issue, the main concerns of the people who have signed this petition and those reaching out to Westfield on social media are: are you going to stop Westfield pet stores from selling animals in the pet shops, with the knowledge that 95% of
      pet store puppies are sourced from puppy breeding factories?

      When we spoke on the phone, you mentioned a 'comprehensive review' was in place.

      Can you please tell us the following:
      1. Who is conducting this review (a person, department or external organisation)?
      2. What does this review entail?
      3. Is the focus of the review to no longer permit the sale of animals in Westfield pet stores?
      4. When do you expect this review to be completed?

    3. Initial response from Westfield - part 2

      Emma Morris
      Petition Organizer

      Notwithstanding these facts, I can assure you that Westfield is taking all reasonable steps to ensure that pet stores meet their legal and other obligations and that pets are in no way abused or mistreated. Westfield will also continue to take advice from the appropriate animal welfare bodies to ensure that this outcome is achieved. We will also continually review the situation to ensure that pets are treated in accordance with appropriate community standards generally.

      Yours sincerely

      Andy Hedges
      Director Shopping Centre Management

    4. Initial response from Westfield - part 1

      Emma Morris
      Petition Organizer

      Further to our conversation this afternoon I wanted to let you know that Westfield takes your concern about the treatment of pets seriously.
      As you are aware, stores that sell pets in shopping centres are held to the same community standards as the many stores that sell pets in other locations.

      When Westfield was alerted to the specific incident last week which gave rise to your concern a registered vet confirmed that the dog had been "treated in exactly the correct manner" and that "it was satisfied that the dog was receiving appropriate care and attention." The RSPCA also reviewed the matter and agreed with this finding.

    5. Reached 75,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • russell fisk AUSTRALIA
      • 1 day ago

      cruelty to animals is abhorent

      • 1 day ago

      How would you like to live behind glass while hundreds of people watch you daily. Let alone you can't go anywhere, or do anything. Always adopt to end pet stores.That's why i'm signing this petition

    • robin aldrich PITTSFIELD, MA
      • 3 days ago

      Animals are mistreated, not cared for properly and the stores dont even care when you give them advice.

      • 3 days ago

      There is not enough scrutiny exercised into the quality of the home the animals will go to and shelters are full of animals that end up unwanted.

    • Eve Hemsley AUSTRALIA
      • 3 days ago

      I'm signing because I feel asthough animals should not be exploited like they are in petshops, they souldn't be sold as a product. Small animals are such a throwaway pet these days because it's so easy to get one and when a small child sees a cute little rabbit or guineapig they want it and the parents let them and when they aren't cute and little anymore they are given away to the first person to take them! It's not right.

      Not to mention that you have no idea where they've come from! Wrongfully sexing them which only ends up in more babies by inexperienced owners!

      Please stop the sale of animals in petshop, for their sakes.


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