There’s a lot of debate about where to get pet rats, and of course many people say not to buy from a pet store.
Before discussing the pros and cons of each, I want to point something out..
- telling people not to buy from a pet store because the rat will be unhealthy, non socialised, feral or…
'Scuxes me yeah, I'ma let you finish but I just have to say
Even if a rat isn’t unhealthy when you buy it from a pet store you are buying someone sentient as a PRODUCT. Then the demand goes up. Then the producer wants to make more money (there is no business that wants to make not more money) and they are going to do whatever it takes to do that. That means more crowded conditions, skipping on health care, skipping on employee resources (so less people to clean cages, and also, people who are not paid well are often unhappy, unhappy people usually take this out on beings who cannot defend themselves or speak for themselves) using cheap and terrible bedding, forcing the same rats to give birth over and over until they die. In short it becomes a factory, um like, say FACTORY FARMING. In every and any event where a product becomes valuable these steps are taken to increase output. EVERY.TIME. Pick anything, anything at all.
CHILD SWEAT SHOPS.
LIVE MALE CHICKS THROUGH A BLENDER OR SUFFOCATED IN GARBAGE BAGS.
LOBBY MORE LAWS TO MAKE MORE PRISONERS AND MAKE MORE MONEY. (But be sure to pick on the least protected of us)
So now you’re putting someone alive and feeling through the machine. So even if you’re ok with treating rats like things, the real truth is that in supporting pet stores you are supporting if not the past, then the present and future of unhealthy and abused rats.
A reminder to all that you never have to suffer at the hands of producers as a product, so maybe your point of view disallows you to see the true view of the animals?