The Heartbreaking Story of How Animals Are Bred for the European Pet Trade
PETA Germany went undercover over a period of several months to investigate Dutch animal breeders who supply guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, birds and other small animals to major European pet shops.
Neglect. Sick, terrified animals. Rotting corpses. Cannibalism. They found horrors worse than they could ever have expected.
Read on to see some of the shocking images from the investigation.
Severe crowding and stress lead to bite injuries such as this one.
Breeders cram as many animals as possible into confined spaces in order to maximise their profits.
Many of the surviving animals were too sick and terrified to move.
Numerous animals were forced to live amid their own excrement in filthy cages.
It was too late for these rabbits, who had died of thirst.
This traumatised bird pecked at her dead cagemate.
The cruelty exposed in these facilities was not isolated: random investigations of small facilities that sell animals to large and small merchants also showed harrowing conditions. Undercover investigations – at roughly 15 breeding and wholesale outlets – documented more than a dozen apparent violations of the Dutch Animal Welfare Act. A criminal complaint was filed against a total of 11 breeders and wholesalers from Germany and the Netherlands.
Unsuspecting customers often have no idea about the horror from which these animals have come – or what kind of industry they’re unwittingly supporting.
THIS is what’s wrong with the pet trade. The best way to end the cruelty is to boycott animal breeders and always adopt rather than buying.
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