Petco gives in to activists, will stop selling parrots

Sunday, April 24 2005 @ 06:02 AM UTC

Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger

SAN DIEGO -- Petco Animal Supplies Inc. said Tuesday it will stop selling large birds in a deal with an animal rights group, which agreed to end its boycott.

Amazon and African grey parrots, cockatoos and macaws will no longer be sold at Petco stores.

''We recognize that most of our bird customers are what we would call 'beginning hobbyists.' Large birds are not necessarily appropriate for these individuals due to their long lifespan, size and care requirements,'' Bruce Hall, Petco's president and chief operating officer, said in a statement.

In return, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals agreed to end demonstrations outside Petco stores. AP