I want to talk about the fashion trends that unfortunately cause people to buy pets that don’t really suit their lifestyle.
Unfortunately pets have always been subject to different fashion trends; these trends are usually caused by the media. It seems that people see animals on television etc., advertising that particular animal, and are then encouraged to own one. This is usually done without thinking responsibility about what that pet ownership entails. For example, the movie As Good As It Gets with Jack Nicholson boosted the sale of Griffon Bruxelles. The movie I Am Legend with Will Smith increased the sale of German Shepherds.
It is said that the sales of fish were increased by a half following the release of the film Finding Nemo, and unfortunately the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles increased the sale of terrapins just as the film Ratatouille boosted the sale of pet rats.
It is so sad that after these increased sales, follows the increased workload for the animal welfare and rescue organisations. They have the task of trying to re-home all these animals once they have been abandoned, due to the excitement of owning these animals wearing off and the realisation of the responsibility of looking after them.
This is why it is so important that people own animals that suit their lifestyles, rather than what looks good. I think everybody has a responsibility to discourage people from buying the wrong type of pet for them. So how do we know what pet suits what person or family? Well, we will discuss this in the next blog!