Stop the sale of pets in Westfield Shopping Centres

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Dear Westfield Management

We request that you ban the sale of pets in your shopping centres. The quality of life of these animals during the time they are there is far from suitable.

These young animals are denied the basic care and ability to thrive. It is a well known fact that allowing pet shops to sell pets encourages the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits from backyard breeders. 

What distinguishes backyard breeders from responsible breeders are the standards that the breeder meets and whether there is a known demand for puppies before they are bred. Where breeding has been accidental, the owner is often unaware of the special requirements for the mother and her offspring and it is often difficult to find good homes for the puppies or kittens. Inadequate nutrition, fleas and worms are common in these situations, placing the welfare of these animals at risk.

Backyard breeding contributes to the unwanted companion animal population in the community. Uncontrolled breeding and overpopulation inevitably leads to the euthanasia of healthy unwanted animals.

By not allowing the sale of pets in pet shops within your shopping centres it shows the community that your organisation does not support this unethical practice.