Skip to content

Urge PETCO to Stop Selling Wild-Caught Animals

November 14, 2012
by

Wikimedia Commons

BACKGROUND | SOURCE PETA

Few people realize the magnitude of suffering in the captive fish industry—a $300 million worldwide “hobby” responsible for the annual capture of more than 20 million fish, 12 million corals, and millions of other types of marine life.

At least 95 percent of the gentle saltwater fish sold in pet shops have been cruelly ripped from their natural homes. Trappers douse coral reefs with poison in order to stun the fish for easy capture—half the affected fish die painfully on the reef, and 40 percent of survivors die before they reach an aquarium. The cyanide poison that is routinely used in this cruel practice also kills the reefs themselves as well as countless other animals who live and depend on them. In places where trappers do not use cyanide, such as in the waters of Hawaii, nets are used to capture the animals. Almost 67 percent of animals who are caught with nets die from stress, starvation, or injuries. Many fish suffer barotrauma, which occurs when they are forced to surface too quickly, and some are even subjected to organ puncturing, which is done to relieve the visible effects of barotrauma, and fin clipping, which is done to facilitate shipping.

PETCO sells 439 species of saltwater animals, almost all of whom were stolen from their natural habitats. For each animal displayed for sale on PETCO’s shelves, nine other individual animals were cruelly captured and died before even reaching the store. Please write to PETCO CEO James Myers today and urge him to stop perpetuating this cruel and environmentally devastating industry immediately by ending the sale of wild-caught saltwater animals on the PETCO website and at all of the company’s stores.


WHOM TO CONTACT

Please send polite comments to:
James Myers, CEO Petco
jimm@petco.com


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear CEO Myers,

It has come to my attention that you are selling wild-caught saltwater animals, and I am respectfully requesting that you cease this business.

Please allow me to elaborate. At least 95 percent of the gentle saltwater fish sold in pet shops have been cruelly ripped from their natural homes. Trappers douse coral reefs with poison in order to stun the fish for easy capture—half the affected fish die painfully on the reef, and 40 percent of survivors die before they reach an aquarium. The cyanide poison that is routinely used in this cruel practice also kills the reefs themselves as well as countless other animals who live and depend on them. In places where trappers do not use cyanide, such as in the waters of Hawaii, nets are used to capture the animals. Almost 67 percent of animals who are caught with nets die from stress, starvation, or injuries. Many fish suffer barotrauma, which occurs when they are forced to surface too quickly, and some are even subjected to organ puncturing, which is done to relieve the visible effects of barotrauma, and fin clipping, which is done to facilitate shipping.

Furthermore, saltwater beings are complex animals who experience suffering and joy, and who also have the capacity to nurture complex relationships and display grief upon separation. Indeed, despite an almost-universal apathy towards their sensitivity, they do experience pain and react negatively towards stressful situations including loud noises, lights, enclosures, and disturbed environments. Although customers may find them entertaining and “useful” as pets, it is indeed a painful and terrifying experience for them.

Please take this opportunity to express compassion and empathy for our animal friends and decide to help rather than harm them by discontinuing selling wild-caught saltwater animals.

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

NAME


we are tropical fish, pretty as can be.
but we were not born to keep humans
company.
the pain we suffer, the trauma and the fear,
when you tear us away from the waters
we hold dear.
so those of you in the pet selling
industry,
do not buy or sell wild caught animals
the likes of we!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


18 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2012 7:02 pm

    Sent!

    Like

  2. Athena Hogue permalink
    November 14, 2012 8:51 pm

    Wow, I wasn’t aware of this…thank you for informing us…I sent an email to Mr. Myers

    Like

  3. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    November 15, 2012 3:30 am

    we are tropical fish, pretty as can be.
    but we were not born to keep humans
    company.
    the pain we suffer, the trauma and the fear,
    when you tear us away from the waters
    we hold dear.
    so those of you in the pet selling
    industry,
    do not buy or sell wild caught animals
    the likes of we!!!!

    Like

  4. lindabadham permalink
    November 15, 2012 6:05 am

    SENT E-MAIL. ! THESE MONEY MAKING GREEDY BASTARDS WILL REAP WHAT THEY SOW !!

    Like

  5. November 15, 2012 4:17 pm

    email sent its so irresponsible to be elling any animals but wild caught ones its just so wrong! Thanks Stacey email sent and shared in several places and Karen another great poem of course

    Like

  6. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    November 16, 2012 11:14 am

    response i received from petco
    Karen Lyons Kalmenson,
    Thank you for notifying us of your concern.
    Thank you for taking time to share your concerns about marine wildlife.

    Please know that Petco is committed to the health and well-being of animals, including aquatic species. We’re also committed to protecting coral habitats, which are critical for the survival of innumerable species and the many communities around the world that rely on vibrant reefs for food, jobs and economic growth.

    As a company, our long-term goal is to offer only fish that have been bred in captivity or obtained through managed-collection practices that include careful attention to the sustainability of the animals and their habitats.

    We’ve spent more than a decade working with aquatics suppliers to develop and foster techniques that help ensure the long-term sustainability of fish populations and habitats.

    Today, nearly 90 percent of the fish we sell – primarily freshwater species – are bred in captivity, and nearly two-thirds of the coral we offer is aqua-cultured using environmentally responsible techniques.

    We are currently working with third-party industry experts and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to create and implement more sustainable collection and transport practices across the industry, and to pursue certification processes for fish suppliers as a way to help minimize environmental impact.

    In addition, we’re funding efforts to create sustainable solutions. As a retail leader, we participate in “1% for the Planet” and in 2012 we are donating 1 percent of our Planet Petco brand product sales to captive-breeding marine initiatives.

    We’re also a founding sponsor of and an active participant in Rising Tide Conservation, an initiative to promote research and conduct saltwater fish trials to help the global marine fish industry develop captive-breeding programs.

    Captive breeding of saltwater fish is an extremely delicate science. Because of the difficulties involved, it will take time to make captive breeding the primary method for sourcing marine fish.

    However, we are encouraged by the progress being made, and through our support of Rising Tide Conservation, we are helping to expand captive-breeding techniques for saltwater fish. To date, Rising Tide has conducted successful rearing trials involving several marine species.

    We continue to support these efforts, most recently by funding a project dedicated to Hawaiian fish.

    Thanks for your interest on this important subject.

    Best regards,

    Ester V.
    Customer Relations Coordinator

    Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World

    Like

  7. Athena Hogue permalink
    November 17, 2012 11:13 am

    I received the standard email reply and wrote to Mr. Myers again asking him why they were unable to just STOP selling wild-caught fish (since they say they’re already at 90%), and why does their goal ending it have to be a long term one…no reply just yet, but I’m not really sure I’ll even get one…

    Like

    • November 17, 2012 11:54 am

      I appreciate your efforts nonetheless, thank you so much, Athena.

      Like

  8. November 20, 2012 6:13 am

    Reblogged this on delia1979.

    Like

  9. July 3, 2013 1:47 am

    Hello there, I found your blog via Google even as searching for a comparable matter, your web site got here up, it looks great. I have added to my favourites|added to bookmarks.

    Like

  10. Sahar permalink
    July 28, 2017 10:02 am

    It’s so sad seeing all those beautiful tiny frogs and lizards beeing forced to live in such small glass boxes for the rest of their lives . Staring at the walls all day and night
    Petco must stop selling them

    Liked by 1 person

Trackbacks

  1. Urge PETCO to Stop Selling Wild-Caught Animals « Our Compass | Our Endangered Planet and it's Wildlife.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Jet Eliot

Travel and Wildlife Adventures

Organic Opinion

Finding it, aye there's the rub~

The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

Here and now, with all of it.

Eat No Harm

Living consciously for our planet, the animals, and ourselves.

Flawless Pandemonium

Question everything~

Veganism is Nonviolence

Being Vegan Is A First Step To A Nonviolent Life

The Biotrotter

The Globetrotting Biologists

Let Me Reach with Kim Saeed

Narcissistic Abuse Support | Maintaining No Contact | Heal Grow Evolve

Steal This Meme

humans' vegan past & future. SHIRIN - Subvert Human Irrationalities, Rediscover Innate Nature

Gillian Prew // poetry

for the earth and the animals

Nepali Today

Coffee break Photo Blogs Base In Tokyo, Japan.

veganomics

making the link between our food, our health, our society, our environment and our economy

Friendly Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales and Poetry Celebrating Magic and Nature for Kids of all Ages

Arcilla y fuego

Una visión sobre el complejo y apasionante mundo de la cerámica

Gotta Find a Home

Conversations with Street People

%d bloggers like this: