Guinea Lynx has long been pro-adoption.
I can say that the suggestion to hold adoption events instead of sell purposely bred guinea pigs is absolutely a better choice, though it may be difficult to find guinea pigs for adoption in some areas. Still important to advocate, though! I am going to add most of the text from the petition (will check to see if that is okay).
Here's the petition:
https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no- ... uinea-pigs
As a commentary, I do think a few pet stores are fortunate to have one or two knowledgeable staff members who do a pretty good job of educating the public concerning what guinea pigs need to be healthy. It is still important to ALWAYS do your own research. The guidelines here at Guinea Lynx are "the best"! ;-) (but you still need to read widely and make wise decisions!)We are asking US pet store chains Petco, Pet Supplies Plus, PetSmart and others to stop stocking guinea pigs and host adoption days instead.
US pet stores that sell guinea pigs have created nothing more than homeless guinea pig populations, crippling medical expenses and heartbreak for responsible guinea pig owners.
Commercial pet stores are notorious for selling poorly bred guinea pigs with health issues, and they are often misgendered. While on display for sales, guinea pigs are kept in crowded, unventilated housing and fed a poor diet. Stores make bad matters worse by selling inadequate "starter kits" and questionable supplies to customers.
US animal rescue organizations are frequently over capacity dealing with the uncontrolled breeding and serious diseases caused by these stores' profit-first policies. Signing this petition will send a clear message to guinea pig mills and commercial pet stores to stop this horrific practice now!
And hands down, adoption is the way to go!