Pets at Home to give out adequate information, care and to educate their employees

Pets at Home to give out adequate information, care and to educate their employees

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Ellie Davies started this petition to UK Parliament

Pets at Home opened in 1991 and their care was thought right at the time. But as time has gone on,scientific experiments are conducted and new information is found and it's time for them to simply update their information and advice. They're UKs number 1 animal store meaning they have a big impact on the lives of animals. For example: There was experiments in the 1900s and 2000s that hamsters get stressed in small spaces, they even still get stressed in 1000 square inch enclosures. This is why they need to improve and change their harmful advice and care they give to give their animals the best life possible while in captivity. People should also be aware there is a difference between surviving and thriving, because a hamster has lived two years in a small cage doesn't mean it was thriving and living a happy life. The UK requirements for hamsters is 620 square inches of space , even though this isn't legal ,it's still very real. 620 square inches of space may not be enough for the hamster to completely stop stress behaviours but it has the best interest in the health and welfare of the animal while still being achievable in the average UK home. However, Pets at home suggest cages under 100 square inches of space. As they haven't yet updated their information. Depending on the size of your animal, the size of the wheel could range from 6-12 inches. You'll know if the wheel is the right size and their back needs to be straight when they run on the wheel as this can cause back pain, injury and sometimes, early death. Barred wheels can cause bumble foot and loss of limbs also. They sell dangerous bedding such as fluffy bedding which has caused many deaths of hamsters by wrapping around limbs and causing dramatic blood loss, hamsters put bedding in their mouth to move it, this has also caused the fluffy bedding to wrap around the intestines and cause death. Or even cedar or pine bedding which causes respiratory infections. If a hamster is ethically bred, given the right diet and the best care, they can live around 4-5 years of age, maybe even longer.

However, did you know goldfish can grow 1-2 foot depending on whether they're a fancy or single tailed goldfish? Pets at home sometimes claim you can put two goldfish in a 20l tank and sometimes they claim it's 30l per Goldfish, yet imagine a foot long fish in a 30l tank? You cannot. It's just not possible. Or if you do it will live a misurable and painful life, when you put a fish in a tank too small, the fish gets stunted, the body stops growing but the organs carry on growing and can be a slow and painful death. Or sometimes the fish's growth will dramatically slow down but still shorten the life and cause a lot of pain, it usually depends on the ginetics of the goldfish or the diet. Goldfish can live around 20-30 years on a average life of a well cared for goldfish. The longest living goldfish was 43 years of age. They also suggest to cycle your tank for just one day, but they don't even say how or what to do to start the cycle. This is the cause of death of thousands of fish. The point of the cycle is to make the water safer and more comfortable for your fish by creating beneficial bacteria which converts the fish's amonia, which is highly toxic into nitrite which is still toxic but not as harmful as amonia. Then, the nitrite is turned into nitrate by the bacteria which is harmless and then is taken out of the water through waterchange. The process of cycling a tank can take weeks or even months. Sometimes the store sells customers their tanks on the same day as the fish. This should also change.

The cages for the guinea pigs and bunnys are also too small. The bunny requirements are different depending on the type of bunny and what it's for, this is the living space for the smallest requirments are a hutch and run attached, the bunny should be able to do 8 normal hops across the hutch and the run, they should also be able to stand up on the hind legs with their ears up for more comfort. Some people let their bunnys free roam the house like a dog or cat and litter train them. Bunnys are very active animals and requre a lot of space, a cage just isnt suiable. C&C cages and play pens can be converted to house suitably house bunnys in.

Guinea pigs are social and should be kept in atleast pairs. There are a few ways to work out a appropriate size home for your guinea pigs. This is one way if you're familiar with the grid method: 2x4 grids for one or two pigs. 2x5 grids for three pigs, 2x6 grids for four pigs etc. 

NOTE : A grid is larger then a foot so 2x4 grids is larger then 2x4 feet! You can find these grids anywhere on Amazon. 

There are different requirements in different countries, so be careful when getting information online. These are just a few of the animals pets at home sells and all their animal advice should be ignored or changed.

How can Pets At Home do to change this?

Educate their employees, books, leaflets et. Using the updated care. Shauna's pet store in ireland does amazing by selling only safe products and only giving out updated advice. Crittertail listened to us and made a suitable sized cage in American requirements, hopefully pets at home will listen to us too.

I also think by reducing the amount of animals neglected overall, Pets at Home should stop getting their animals from breeding mills. Dog and Cat breeding mills have been banned here in the UK because it was seen as cruel and unneeded. Now people buy or adopt their dogs and cats from breeders and rescues, why can't it be the same for every other animal? Is it because they're cheaper? Because they're smaller? Whatever the reason, All animals deserve the health and welfare. The difference between health and welfare is that health is physical and welfare is mental. You can predict a animals emotions by their body language, just how you can predict another humans emotions.

The Animal Welfare ACT is a law that has been put here in the UK to protect animals from neglect and to prevent depression in the animal. Yet nothing happens to the animal or the owners who do not follow the Animal Welfare ACT, even if the information and knowledge is given, it's ignored by most owners. I also think Animal Management should be taught in all schools to prevent people from neglecting their animals, even if they're not aware they are.

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