Wow. What a response. I was going to say I was visiting my friend last year in Annapolis,
and I went to their local Petco. I nearly died. The fish were kept in what can only be
described as salt-cellar sized plastic cups. At least 4 were floating dead on the surface of
each pot. I went into the bird room to see how they fared - it was terrible. The birds were
ill and sickly-looking, and a parrot was sitting plucked and forlorn in one corner of the
cage. All the 'tiels were huddled on the grill floor - no-one I've met has a grill-floored
cage, and all their feet were crusty and bright purple. I could hardly breathe in there
because of the feather dust and it was just apalling. I went over to an assistant and
said "your birds do not look well" and he said "oh they're always like that, it's how they
are", and I said "well actually mister, I keep birds, and mine do not look as ill as that".
My friend's dad filed a complaint I think, and we just left the store.
What also horrifies me in general about American petstores is how they sell kittens and
puppies in the shop. You can't get kittens/puppies here unless you go to someone who breeds
them at home, pet shops don't sell them. The grated cages are horrific too, whoever thought
up that idea? So that people could come stare at the cute kitties in a tiny cage, buy one,
then dump it? HOW irresponsible??? Breeders here will only sell to people who they're happy
selling to and who they've given care info to. You can't just saunter into a shop and buy
one. This isn't an "I hate America" rant, just an "I hate American petstores" rant. Gawd it
never ceases to amaze me...