rattilover wrote:i do think it should be that you tar all pet shops with the same i know 1 pet shop who i would use who has breeders supply with care sheets even there own details u can go round there etc.
The man who owns this rodent farm is working hard on providing care sheets to the pet shops for all animals he sells, which the pet shops can provide to their customers. He believes pet shops should be better informed on how to keep and care for small animals (I am aware that, coming from him, this may sound a bit like a contradictio in terminis) and is quite passionate about it. He's also in (at least one) committee with the aim of improving knowledge on small animals. It is a good thing that pet shop you know provides contact details of the breeder, but this man is also happy to show people around in his company - he was on a Dutch rat forum once and invited everyone to come and have a look, even though they were absolutely hostile; I was disappointed that no one bothered to go and see for themselves. And he also provides care sheets. Bottom line: there are enough animals in rescues and the proper rat breeders try to work hard on improving health, life span and character of the species. I'd much rather support them through word, money and in the case of rescues relieving them of some rats every now and then than support a rodent farm or hobbyist breeder.
I would like to add that I don't think this man is pure evil. Animal welfare is something we are all very passionate about, and he is just not of the same opinion. He is not breaking the law. For instance, I am aware that some cheap products such as clothing are made by children in poor countries. However, I do not actively seek for brands that ban this practice. Although I know it's going on, and I do think I shouldn't buy 'bad' products, I don't always think of it when out shopping. I'm supporting a trade just as horrible as the pet trade and I think many people on this forum do. Of course, this is just an example; if you're one of the good guys that is very strict in buying 'good' brands, there's probably some other horrible situation in the world you're aware of but not doing anything about. And, as my boyfriend claims: being aware of a horrible situation and not doing something about it makes you about as guilty as when you're participating in it.
It has taken me years to realise someone who doesn't care too much about animal welfare isn't per sé a bad person. Like cub's grandmother, for instance.
This said, because I do feel passionate about animal welfare, I do think this information should be spread and people should stop buying from pet shops alltogether.