Dogs, cats, rabbits, parrots, turtles, and many other creatures are treated as cheap merchandise online, in pet and hardware stores, and at trade shows primarily intended to make a profit. They are bred en masse under mostly poor conditions, sometimes transported thousands of kilometers from abroad and then sold here to anyone who is interested, often spontaneously. The welfare of the animals is secondary, they are often sick, separated from their mothers at a very young age and very stressed. Many still die in breeding facilities or after a short time in their new homes.
Everyone who buys an animal online, at a pet store or from a fancier supports animal suffering. Meanwhile, in German animal shelters alone, about 350 thousand dogs, cats, guinea pigs, reptiles and many other animals wait for a new home every year.  If you are willing to give an animal companion a home, please adopt one from an animal shelter or shelter.
Please do not purchase dogs online or in pet stores. Puppies in particular are often bred in poor conditions and many come from the illegal puppy trade. Dog mothers are exploited as birthing machines and puppies are separated from their mothers very early. Many children of dogs become seriously ill and die soon after in their new home. Also for the short lifespan of the mother animals, these multiplying breeds mean the purest suffering.
Even puppies from a reputable so-called “breeder next door” often come from a poor upbringing. The terrible conditions and suffering of the animals are revealed over and over again. Dog breeds such as the French Bulldog or the Pug, which usually suffer from diseases associated with the breed throughout their lives, are still bred for profit.
Like dogs, cats are also bred and sold so that unscrupulous breeders and traders can make a profit. They are often kept in the worst possible conditions and separated from their mothers when they are very young. Breeders make large sums of money from torture breeds such as hairless cats, Rex cats and Persian cats – but the real price is paid by the animals with health problems. Shortness of breath, conjunctivitis and misaligned teeth are just a few of the consequences of its tormented breed. Additionally, hairless cats are very limited in their sense of touch and communication and have no protection from either the heat or the sun.
Although the breeding of animals under torture is prohibited in Germany according to the Animal Welfare Act, countless sick animals are raised and sold. More and more cats that come from the illegal pet trade are imported into Germany and sold through online portals.
Please do not buy small animals at pet stores, garden centers, hardware stores or on the Internet. Animals such as guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, rats and mice are often raised as “collective goods” under appalling conditions that violate the welfare of the animals. Thousands of animals are often stacked in small plastic crates or cages. Many must live in their waste.
In some animals, poor breeding leads to serious diseases and stress even leads to cannibalism. The discoveries have revealed countless infected, sick and even dead animals in breeding facilities that “produce” the animals for the German pet trade. Even with young breeders, appalling conditions and violations of the animal welfare law are repeatedly exposed.
Birds, such as rabbits and guinea pigs, often breed in the breeding facilities of the German pet trade. They are also treated as mass-produced goods primarily aimed at making a profit. Shocking footage from these facilities shows countless injured, sick and dead birds whose “loss” is accepted by merchants.
Since captive birds can never be kept humanely, most of them suffer from chronic stress. Birds in cages that are very small display behavioral problems such as constant bobbing their heads, biting cage bars, tearing their feathers, or mutilating themselves. Many of the rescued birds, such as parrots, are severely traumatized and completely disfigured to later form relationships with other birds in the reserves.
Please do not purchase exotic animals such as snakes, turtles, lizards, fish or exotic mammals. Many exotic species are caught from nature and have been snatched from their natural habitat. After all, endangered wild animal species are illegally poached in their home countries and smuggled into Germany. Whether they are caught, raised or raised – animals suffer greatly during transportation, and a large percentage of exotic species die before they reach the market.  At dealers in Germany, reptiles are often kept in small plastic boxes or sometimes “stored” for years.
In reptile exhibitions, exotic animals are often kept in glass boxes or small plastic boxes where they have nowhere to go. Shy wild animals are powerless in the eyes of people, which is why they panic for hours at events like the Terraristika in Hamm. For traders, the focus is on profit.
Adopt instead of buying!
Hundreds of thousands of animals are turned over to German animal shelters every year and more animals are spending their lives in deprivation on the streets or at killing stations abroad. Each purchase from breeders or in a pet store makes the situation of these animals worse and deprives one of these creatures of the opportunity to get a home.
If you would like to find a housing partner for animals, please visit an animal shelter or obtain information from the Animal Protection Society. There are countless dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, turtles, and lizards hoping for a loving home.