Regulate pet stores
Pet stores are in urgent need of regulation. While driving along the Eastern Main Road recently, just east of Morvant Junction, I was appalled at what I observed. Located just outside a store front was a horizontal cage of rabbits, exposed to the full glare of the sun. The rabbits were packed like proverbial sardines in a tin and were suffering in the heat of the sun.
This phenomenon occurs throughout the country. It highlights the fact pet shops must be regulated. There are no welfare standards for keeping, homing and feeding these animals.
I am calling upon the relevant authorities, including the Ministry of Health (Environmental Health), to take the necessary steps to ensure long-overdue regulatory standards for this purpose are drawn up and implemented. The wholly cruel and unnecessary misery which these animals suffer must be addressed forthwith.