At the so-called animal fairs, also known as “pet and pet fairs”, in addition to pet keeping accessories such as specialized books, cages and pet food, live animals such as aquarium fish and birds are also on display for sale. So-called pedigree animal fairs are often part of the program at animal cruelty fairs.
This is questionable from the point of view of animal welfare, because animals are not commodities. Trade fairs often give visitors a completely wrong picture of the needs of animals and thus reinforce animal suffering. For these reasons, trade fairs such as Interzoo Nuremberg, the world’s largest trade fair for pet supplies, support extreme cruelty to animals.
Competitions between the so-called racing animals
In most cases, so-called pet shows and cat or dog shows go hand in hand. Usually breeders keep cats, dogs and other small animals in small transport boxes for presentation to a jury that judges animals based on purely external characteristics.
For animals, a fair with noisy crowds usually means a lot of stress. Cats, dogs and other animals such as rabbits as well as reptiles sometimes have to stay in their small transport boxes for hours and can’t satisfy their obvious desire to move. In addition, there are sometimes hour-long transportation routes. In the end, the “winning animal” is often resold for a lot of money. Animals must not be used for profit.
The exotic animals shown are not “pets” nor photo props
Exotic wild animals such as snakes, geckos, and watch lizards are often “displayed” at pet shows. Sensitive animals, which have high demands on their environment, are often abused to get paid photos with visitors. For reptiles, the forced proximity of humans means great stress.
In captivity, reptiles often die very early under improper housing conditions such as improper feeding and undetected diseases. Not many animal owners know the needs of the animals, and so the animals suffer day in and day out in cages that are usually very small.
The breeding and trafficking of “pets” means millions of cases of exploitation
In order to fill the market with cute puppies, kittens, parrot, rabbit and many other so-called pets, there are also real mass production facilities here in Germany, where animals are bred like goods.
If the facilities for mass production were abroad, the animals would still have to travel hours from transport to the German trade, many of which did not survive. Conditions are often disastrous for both children of animals and abused parent animals for breeding: animals often live in their feces and urine, sick or vegetative surrounded by sick and even dead things in cramped cages without daylight. Losses due to dead or sick animals are not only known, but are already factored into the price.
Many small animals such as rabbits and hamsters are produced in large quantities, and an individual animal is nothing. Cats and dogs often go through torture throughout their lives, and traumatic experiences often lead to behavioral disorders, disease, and very early death.
The pet trade industry feeds the homeless animal problem
The pet trade industry is a major factor in the fact that more and more animals are being bred, even though animal shelters are full of breeders. The terrible conditions in breeding facilities and in pet stores show that animals are just commodities.
We at PETA Germany are calling on the industry to end the sale of animals and instead rely exclusively on brokerage cooperation with reputable animal shelters and animal welfare agencies.
Help the animals at the pet shows!
Please do not visit any so-called pet fairs – by purchasing an entry ticket you are supporting the suffering of the animals displayed there. Instead, help adopt an animal from an animal shelter. Also sign our petition to the federal government for more legal protections for so-called pets.