Get Rid of Repticon at The Super Pet Expo in Edison, NJ

Get Rid of Repticon at The Super Pet Expo in Edison, NJ

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The Super Pet Expo in Edison, NJ has traditionally been a rescue centric event since around the mid 2000’s.

In 2018 they included Repticon, which is an entire area devoted to the sale of living creatures at their show. There are hundreds of tiny reptiles for sale in small acrylic boxes, to be purchased by unprepared, inexperienced impulse shoppers.

Aside from how disturbing it is seeing businesses making a profit on the sale of living creatures at a pro rescue show, there’s the added horror of the tanks of small mammals being sold right next to the reptiles as “food”. After speaking to the show producer, the takeaway is that the show has no control over their vendors, vendors cannot be refused to be allowed to participate in the show because of the federal trade laws. Federal trade law protects the sale of goods and services, these are living creatures, these are not “goods”. He also said that any negativity is regularly removed from their social media, so there is not way to see if there is “negative feedback” regarding Repticon as a vendor at their event. He also mentioned that the snakes probably feel “safe” in these stacks of clear boxes they display them in. 

I would be surprised if the rescues who frequently vend small items to raise funds for their charities or attend to try to encourage the adoption of their cats and dogs, are going to want to be associated with a show promoting the sale of animals.

Let’s tell the Super Pet Expo that we don’t support lives being treated as goods and Repticon has to go, or we won’t be attending their shows. If they want to include reptiles exclusively up for adoption instead? Even better! 
They may not care about these snakes and small reptiles, but we do! 

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