Recently it was brought to my attention that Petco will be having a Hamster Derby on Saturday, September 8th, 2007. After the Derby there will be a critter run for rats, gerbils, guinea pigs, and chinchillas where those animals must be placed in a ball to race each other. As all or most of you know, those exercise balls are extremely bad for guinea pigs and Chinchillas. I have since written a letter to Petco informing them of this bad idea and hope they will reconsider their idea of having guinea pigs and Chinchillas placed in exercise balls.
Please help me and all those guinea pigs out there and write a letter or call them about this. Let them know that they are promoting dangerous activities for Guinea Pigs and how bad those exercise balls are for the spines and feet of Guinea Pigs.
If you don’t want or have the time to write a letter or call, please email me and I have a generic letter written up that you can send by just changing it to fit your thoughts at the end. I also encourage you to go to your local Petco on that date and let everyone know how harmful those exercise balls are for guinea pigs.
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They also sent this on their portal to all employees this is quoted word for word " customer owned guinea pigs will have the chance to compete in the upcoming Critter Run race. Guinea pigs will be able to participate in appropriately sized plastic ball which gives the guinea pig plenty of space and air to move around comfortably and safely. An older version of the guinea pig care sheet contained a statement that placing a guinea pig in the plastic balls may lead to injury; this statement has been removed as it is not accurate. The newly updated guinea pig care sheet can be found on your store portal. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the guinea pigs participation in the critter run then contact your RCAC".
So they are now saying it's safe for plastic balls to be used for guinea pigs.
NOT FOR GUINEA PIGS!!
Exercise balls cause injury!
Never put your guinea pig in an exercise ball.
Exercise balls are a dangerous choice for guinea pigs as they may cause injury to their spine, legs, or feet.
The only people to benefit from exercise balls are the manufacturers who push them!
And a pic of an exercise ball with a big X on it, a plus, and a picture/sketch of a guinea pig.
Could someone throw this together as a doc or pdf, I can stick it up here for downloading and put a link to it and a page concerning this crappy idea on the front page of the site.
I put it here:
I'll work on a front page link to it today (will add thanks to you for composing the pdf).
Oh, maybe a good idea to put Guinea Lynx and a link to it somewhere, eh? Visit Guinea Lynx for more information on proper care of guinea pigs?
I am printing out those flyers and will start handing them out and leaving them around the stores that I frequent!!!
The easiest way to do this is to copy the letter and paste into word or straight into the box on the petco website. Make sure you delete the end and put your own thoughts and then your name.
I recently learned that another Hamster Ball Derby will be taking place in Petco stores across America on Saturday, September 8, 2007.
I however have one concern. I see that there will be a Critter Run after the Hamster Ball Derby. My concern is with the advertising/promotion of using a ball for Guinea Pigs and Chinchillas. The spine of a Guinea Pig is extremely delicate and can be easily injured when put in the position that the ball places it. Even the biggest ball forces the Guinea Pig to bend in a way that is harmful to their spine. Another hazard to the Guinea Pig and Chinchilla is the spacing of the slits in the ball for so called ventilation. A Guinea Pig or Chinchilla foot can easily get caught in the slit while the ball continues rolling, therefore causing the foot to break or possibly be severed. Both animals are sensitive to high temperatures and may overheat in the ball. Guinea Pigs have a different spine formation than a hamster, rat, or any other animal that may use a ball. Putting a Guinea Pig in a ball also causes undue stress to him/her and may cause illness.
I urge you to reconsider advertising/promoting the use of a ball for Guinea Pigs in the Critter Run.
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