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Urge Bayer Properties to End Sale of Sugar Gliders

August 3, 2012


Bayer Properties continues to host Pocket Pets—a traveling kiosk that sells tiny, exotic marsupials called sugar gliders—at its malls. PETA has reached out to executives, but to no avail. We need your help today!

Sugar gliders are tiny nocturnal marsupials who, in nature, live in groups of 30. They spend their time in trees searching for insects and sap and frolicking with their family. Kiosks and pet shops are now acquiring them from hellish breeding facilities similar to puppy mills. They are then peddled as cheap trinkets to customers who purchase them on a whim. Confined to small cages, overly and roughly handled, fed improper diets, and forgotten when the novelty wears off, sugar gliders are doomed from the moment that they’re born into the pet trade.

Please implore Bayer Properties to do the right thing and adopt a policy that prohibits the sale of sugar gliders at its malls. Then forward this alert widely!


Send polite comments to:

Jeffrey A. Bayer
Bayer Properties, LLC.

Libby Lassiter
Executive Vice President/Development and Leasing


Dear CEO Bayer and Executive Vice President Lassiter,

It has come to my attention that you are selling sugar gliders as toy trinkets called Pocket Pets, and I am respectfully requesting you discontinue.

Please allow me to elaborate. These sugar gliders are bred in wretched conditions with high death rates, captive by breeders whose only concern is profit, making ideal food and veterinary care cost-prohibitive.  Sugar gliders are naturally nocturnal, live in groups of 30, and spend their time searching for insects and frolicking with family members.   Furthermore, sugar gliders indeed experience pain and react negatively towards stressful situations including loud noises, light, enclosures, and disturbed environments, the factors of both breeding and selling capacities.

As such, as long as you continue to host Pocket Pets, thereby unnecessarily and selfishly capitalizing on the cruelty and death of animals, I will not financially support you; furthermore, I will promote a boycott by informing family, friends, and members of online communities.

Please make both the ethical and financially-responsible decision to discontinue animal cruelty immediately: join an increasing body of corporations who are listening to a concerned and attentive consumer population who refuse to be complicit in the inherently malicious industries of animal breeding and selling.

Thank you for taking the time to read this important appeal.


one day the giant aliens
landed and said.
oh humans make good pocket pets.
nothing inside their heads.
where but for the grace
let sugar gliders be
safe in their own
natural environments
human company!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

11 Comments leave one →
  1. LoVegan permalink
    August 3, 2012 2:06 pm

    Done! Animals are not toys, that’s all!! Sharing of course, thank you Stacey x


  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    August 3, 2012 2:32 pm

    one day the giant aliens
    landed and said.
    oh humans make good pocket pets.
    nothing inside their heads.
    where but for the grace
    let sugar gliders be
    safe in their own
    natural environments
    human company!!!!


  3. lori moak-kean permalink
    August 3, 2012 2:51 pm

    emails sent. & karen, as always -you’ve written a wonderful poem. you have such a gift!


  4. August 3, 2012 4:23 pm

    emails sent thanks Staceey, and Karen as always great poem, you should consider writing a book of poetry i know id buy it 😉


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