katielittle25 wrote:These pictures have changed a lot for me. I was one of the people who knew buying from petshops is bad but couldn't walk away from a cute face, but now I will never ever ever buy from a petshop again. To be honest I dont even want to buy accessories from petshops who buy from rodent farms. I need to just start buying my rat stuff online me thinks.
I'm not getting at you katie by what I'm about to say. I think you are very brave and that it's great that you just said the above, I'm only highlighting it because you brought it up and because what I'm about to say is in response to what you said
I'm also not about to mince my words in the next paragraph, so I apologise if I upset anyone, I'm just voicing an opinion I usually just shout at my computer screen!
I do get annoyed when people who should know better buy from a petshop or back yard breeder, for whatever reason. Whether it's easier than organising a rat train, easier than having to fill out forms for rescues/breeders or they can't resist a cute face. It makes me disappointed in them and like I have somehow failed because I try and teach people about rat farms. As a result I normally close threads the second I know the cute new rat was bought from a petshop by someone that should have known better and never return to that thread. In my eyes giving anyone money for that sort of treatment of animals, no matter how legal, is wrong and always will be wrong. I don't say that in threads because I feel I cannot preach to anyone and I can't deal with the aggro of being 'righteous', so I stick my head in the sand and pretend those threads don't exist.
I always tell people loudly about why I hate petshops, I knew what was going on in these places but had no photographic evidence to show what I was desperately trying to explain. I think that no amount of reasoned argument (and general yelling!) from me would ever carry the weight of those photos.
I never buy from shops that sell animals. I once stopped shopping somewhere that started stocking animals after telling them why. I always shop online or in shops that don't sell animals. A lot of my animal shopping isn't even done in petshops but in supermarkets, DIY stores and places like poundland.
ETA: I fully support people that raise animals for food ethically, be they chickens, cows or rats. My OH wants a snake, I like snakes, I've told him that he can have a snake if he breeds the food ethically for the snake or sources the snakes food from someone that breeds snake food ethically. It's not easy, but is possible, to find these people.