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Posted by Emma on 6/04/05
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    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...

    -Emma