Pet stores under fire for ‘interactive’ zones


Pet stores under fire for ‘interactive’ zones

4 December 2019
You might think it’s just an innocent trip to the pet shop with your children. In reality, you could be leaving a trail of traumatised guinea pigs.

At least, that is the view of animal rights charities, which have raised concerns about the damage noisy children can do when they visit new interactive “pet villages” at Pets at Home stores.

The retailer is launching the immersive attractions at two trial stores in Stockport and Chesterfield. They include tunnels that children can crawl through to get an up-close view of rabbits and guinea pigs.

The RSPCA said that the pet villages, which are set to be introduced across 450 Pets at Home stores nationwide, risk frightening the animals.

“Like puppies and kittens, young rabbits and guinea