When I was in the pet market today (in Shanghai) looking for a new filter for my goldfish tank, I stopped by to look at the birds. In the pet markets in Shanghai, they always keep their animals cramped up in TINY containers.
They have like 40 hamsters in one single plastic tub and like 10 finches in 1 cage! The environments the animals are in are also WAY worse than in PetSmart or PetCo. There is litter everywhere, and it smells horrible. At the market, their idea of a cage is 10 times smaller than what a cage should be. The bettas there seem LUCKY to have their own cup compared to the other animals. Anyway, I was walking down the rows of cages when I see this little budgie lying on the floor of the cage. About 5 lovebirds were pecking at it. Then I saw it move! Poor thing! It was bloody and helpless and the lovebirds were killing it. So I rushed to the store owner. I got her attention and pointed to the cage. So she comes over to the cage (which is on top of a bunch of other bird cages) and I point to the bird. She finally realizes what is happening. She pulls a pair of budgies out of the cage and puts them into the cage below it. Then she takes out the badly injured budgie. I thought she was going to isolate it. But then, she takes it, and THROWS in the trash can! The poor thing was still moving. So then she goes back in the store. After she goes in, I rush to the trash can and grab the bird out. The budgies two legs were pulled off, only little stubs remained. Its feathers were mostly missing, and it was covered with blood. But the head was the worst. The budgies eyes blood covered and closed. Its beak, was torn off and only the edges of the beak remained. Its mouth was so bloody, it was soo horrible. Yet the poor bird was still moving. I didn't know what to do with it. I knew that it wouldn't survive, but I wanted it to die peacefully. So I brought it to a store that we go to often. The lady there specializes in selling exotic and expensive turtles. I give it to her, and she finds a box with soft bedding for it. Then I left. I cannot express my disgust at the people at the pet market. They have no hearts, and all they care about is money. Its not the other bird's fault that the budgie ended up that way. The birds were WAY to crowded! I really want to tell these people how badly they treat their pets, but I can't!