Shut down Reptiles By Mack

Shut down Reptiles By Mack

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Talia Weiss started this petition to Petco and

"Animals crammed into filthy, crowded plastic bins stacked into shelving units like old bank statements. Living beings deprived of water for days or even weeks. Sick and injured animals denied veterinary care. Emaciated, severely dehydrated animals desperate for water. Tens of thousands of frogs, lizards, turtles, snakes, bearded dragons, and other reptiles were kept at the facility at any given time confined to barren, filthy, crowded plastic tubs and deprived of even the most basic necessities, such as heat and UV lamps, veterinary care, fresh food, and even water to drink and soak in. One supervisor told an eyewitness that tortoises were intentionally deprived of water, despite his repeated complaints. Upper management had “no … empathy for the animals,” he said. “They just really run it like a business.” One manager instructed an eyewitness to clean light fixtures in preparation for an upcoming, announced visit by a PetSmart representative instead of providing tortoises with the water that by his own admission, they needed. Many bearded dragons’ only source of “water” was shriveled-up leafy green vegetables. One of the eyewitnesses documented that lethargic, dehydrated bearded dragons clamored for water and drank continuously, for up to four minutes, when he offered it to them. Severe crowding and intensive confinement led to gruesome injuries. Many water dragons spent so much time struggling to get out of the cramped tubs that they rubbed their snouts raw, some so extensively that their teeth were visible through the wound. Some lizards did manage to escape but were later caught with makeshift glue traps set by the staff. The traps often went unchecked for days, and many lizards were dead by the time they were found. One lizard’s tail broke into 11 pieces as a result of thrashing and trying to escape. Live animals were often carelessly yanked off the sticky boards.  Severely crowded bearded dragons fought for food, leading to mangled limbs, some left hanging by not much more than a thread of damaged tissue. Even the most grotesquely injured limbs were haphazardly slathered with Neosporin, at most, or just left to rot off. One worker said that he had cut off a bearded dragon’s leg with wire cutters and “snap[ped]” off their tails with his fingers. PETA’s eyewitnesses often found emaciated, lethargic animals who likely weren’t able to compete for food. FThe facility’s contract veterinarian purportedly visited the facility weekly, but PETA’s eyewitnesses never saw him and were repeatedly told by supervisors that the veterinarian would not examine or treat the animals they were concerned about. One supervisor said, “I’m not really sure on what he even f***ing does, honestly.” One eyewitness persisted for three weeks in trying to get care for a lizard with an infected abdomen but to no avail. She was finally killed the day before PetSmart’s representative came by, presumably so she would not be seen. Another animal, a gecko with a maggot-infested oral infection, suffered for days before finally dying without any desperately needed veterinary care. A supervisor said that he left sick snakes to die of starvation rather than put them down, admitting that “it sounds mean.” One supervisor described the facility’s SOP as “setting [sick animals] aside to die and waste away. Some severely injured and ill animals were left to suffer for days with no food or water in a barren “put down” tub until a manager was finally available to kill them, at which time they were stuffed into plastic “poop bags,” gassed with carbon dioxide, and then tossed into the freezer. A supervisor told one eyewitness that he’d even found gassed animals trying to escape the freezer." -PETA (People for the ethical treatment of animals)

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