Urge PETCO to Stop Selling Wild-Caught Animals

Yellow Tang

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.

Message

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to urge you to stop selling wild-caught fish and other marine animals at PETCO stores. At least 95 percent of saltwater fish sold in pet shops are captured in the wild. You may be unaware that trappers douse the coral reefs with cyanide, which is ingested by the fish and other animals who live there. Half the affected fish die on the reef, and 40 percent of those who survive the initial poisoning die before they reach an aquarium. Cyanide also kills the coral reefs themselves. Even in places where cyanide is not used, animals are captured by nets, and this method result in a 67 percent mortality rate from stress, starvation, net injuries, or injuries caused during shipment.

It has come to my attention that PETCO currently sells 439 species of saltwater animals, almost all of whom are wild-caught. I urge you to adopt a policy ending PETCO’s support of this cruel and environmentally devastating industry by banning the sale of saltwater animals, including fish, on the PETCO website and at all of the company’s stores.

Thank you for considering my comments.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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