Demand Petco and Petsmart stop selling chinchillas
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Chinchillas at these stores are kept in poorly ventilated glass/acrylic enclosures. They are kept with CareFresh bedding. Chinchillas will eat not only the bedding, but the plastic wheels kept in their cages at these stores as well. Chinchillas should not have any plastic or paper in their cages. Eating this could cause bowel blockages in the animal. The animal enclosures are often kept at too high of a temperature. Chinchillas need temperatures between 68-70 F. Anything above 70F can cause overheating. Overall, Petco and Petsmart do not keep their chinchillas in a safe environment and put things in their cages that could lead to injury, illness, and even death. These conditions are inhumane and should be stopped immediately. Chinchillas should only be purchased from licensed breeders, or adopted as rescues.
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