- Supporter in '14
Thing is, it's not the buying of things like bedding that keep the mills going, it's the actual sale of the animals. Until last month I hadn't set foot in a pet shop for over a decade and it obviously has not stopped them from growing or making money off the sale of small critters. Near as I can tell, people would have zero problem with Petco and PetSmart if they just stop selling animals only, but still sell everything else.
Mill sales stop when people stop buying the animals. I feel I do more good telling people looking in the cages at Petco thinking about getting the piggy in the window that there's places like rescues and Petfinder instead. There's not enough of us for a boycott to work, so education is the next best thing.
No, pet stores do not make much off selling animals. They are called "loss leaders".
They do make money from the products. They make money off the cages that cost $5 to make and they sell for seven times that. They make money off repeat customers - coming back to buy feed, bedding, toys, etc.
It is buying the supplies that keeps the mills going as long as the same pet store sell animals as well.
eta: Hah, sus - I am too slow!
I've found that works well, so maybe that might be worth a shot for those people where there is no where else you can go locally to buy supplies.