Guinea Pigs need our help!

Henle15

Post   » Sun Aug 05, 2007 9:32 pm


To all Guinea Pig enthusiasts:

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.

Thank you,

Jeremy Henle
Crazy Cavies Guinea Pig Rescue
crazycavies@hotmail.com

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rshevin

Post   » Sun Aug 05, 2007 9:37 pm


I'm not positive, but I believe these balls are bad for ratties too.

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Jennicat

Post   » Sun Aug 05, 2007 9:41 pm


They're also bad for chins, if I remember right, because chinchillas overheat so easily.

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Nailfoot

Post   » Sun Aug 05, 2007 10:02 pm


Is this a national thing, or only happen at a single local store?

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mmercedesmom
Supporter in '09

Post   » Sun Aug 05, 2007 10:22 pm


It is a national thing, because we just saw that flyer in our local one, while doing an adoption event!!!

They had a whole table set up with those balls and the flyers. We figured it must be national since gerbils were listed and those are illegal here.

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sus4rabbitsnpigs

Post   » Sun Aug 05, 2007 10:27 pm


They have them regularly. I have seen flyers in different Petno's. But usually they just have hamsters :(

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Jennicat

Post   » Sun Aug 05, 2007 10:31 pm


It seems to be national, it's linked on their homepage. *shudder*

Henle15

Post   » Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:17 am


Yes, usually they only have the Hamster thing...but this time they are including guinea pigs and chins and other "exotic" animals. That is why I am so mad...I didn't mind them doing the Hamster races, but now they have decided to include animals that do not belong in exercise balls.

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.

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:29 am


Henle15, we need someone to create a printable sheet that can be handed out or that could be held up.

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.

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sef1268

Post   » Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:43 pm


See how this looks.

What link did you want on there, Lynx?

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Mon Aug 06, 2007 1:32 pm


It's fab!!

I put it here:
http://www.guinealynx.info/pdf/exercise_ball.pdf

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?

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Annie K

Post   » Mon Aug 06, 2007 1:49 pm


I sent off an e-mail to them immediately. How irresponsible of them to promote this unsafe practice! Unfortunately, I'm not surprised, just discouraged and disgusted.

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sef1268

Post   » Mon Aug 06, 2007 1:56 pm


I added Guinea Lynx at the bottom. Does it look okay? Does it need to be larger?

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rshevin

Post   » Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:02 pm


I know we're guinea lynx and about guinea pigs and such but do we want to include chins on the flyer too? It's very unsafe for them as well.

Henle15

Post   » Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:24 pm


Below is the letter I have typed up to send them on their website. Go to Petco.com and click on the about us tab, then the contact us tab.
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.

Letter:

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.
Delete this line and type your own personal message.


Sincerely,
Your name

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Jennicat

Post   » Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:06 pm


I'd be happy to take a big stack of these and hang out outside of the Petco on September 8th.

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Jennicat

Post   » Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:25 pm


I sent them a letter expressing my concerns about the small animals and exercise balls, and then expressed my ability to get people to stand in front of all the local Petcos with illustrative flyers detailing the problems with the small animal products they sell.

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:47 pm


Looks good, Sef. I will try to get the page up later today (tomorrow at the latest).

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land_hermie

Post   » Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:49 pm


I'll make a YouTube video. I doubt that Petco will listen to letters sent, because they are probably making a lot of money off of it. Maybe a petition or something might work. We should work on spreading the word so people don't take their guinea pigs to it.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:08 pm


I got a page up with a link to the pdf. The page is linked to from the front page (see "In the News").

http://www.guinealynx.info/petco.html

If anyone has any other suggestions for it, let me know.
Thanks again, Sef, for putting the pdf together!

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