Video footage and photos show the widespread suffering of hundreds of birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, mice, and rats in Sun Pet’s enormous warehouses.
On April 22, 2010, Georgia Department of Agriculture representatives descended on Sun Pet, which was, unfortunately, tipped off well in advance and apparently took the opportunity to clean up its act.
In addition to the misery of confinement to extremely crowded containers, forcing animals to eat, sleep, urinate, and defecate all in the same space, investigator recorded the violent killing and abusive handling of hundreds of animals.
One worker put live hamsters into a bag and then bashed the bag against a table in an attempt to kill them—one of the animals was seen suffering and panting heavily minutes later. Other animals whom Sun Pet could not sell were gassed in a crude, filth-encrusted tank. Animals who got loose in the company’s warehouse suffered horribly after ingesting the poison that Sun Pet sets out to kill them.
A supervisor trained PETA’s investigator to determine animals’ genders by forcefully squeezing their abdomens “like a … PlayStation controller handle” to make their genitals “come out.” “You could throw them against the wall and they’ll stand back up again and keep on running,” Sun Pet’s supervisor said to the investigator when ordering him to pack and handle animals more quickly. In more than three months of employment, not once did the investigator see anyone from PETCO’s or PetSmart’s corporate offices inspecting Sun Pet’s facility.
PETA has received information indicating that Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. has instructed his office to halt its investigation of animal suffering at Sun Pet. Please complete the form to urge Mr. Howard to investigate.
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