Time to Bunny-Up
In July, PetSmart began breeding and selling dwarf rabbits in 25 of their stores, with plans to expand depending on reactions from customers. In 2000, company CEO Philip Francis told Retail Merchandiser that PetSmart didn’t sell rabbits because they end up in shelters. What has changed?
They are currently the third most euthanized pet in this country. If bunnies had the same organized outreach as cats and dogs, this wouldn’t happen. So let’s join forces. Best Friends Animal Society is circulating a petition in protest. Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue has suspended rabbit adoptions with PetSmart and initiated a boycott. The Rabbit House Society is more circumspect, calling on the chain to change course and inviting supporters to politely express their displeasure.
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