Animal Aid

VICTORY! Focus to end all animal sales

Posted 1 July 2003
Goldfish in a tiny bowl

In response to a three-year Animal Aid campaign, the major DIY chain, Focus, has now pledged that it will end the sale of all animals, including fish, in its stores throughout the UK.

Selling 'pets' in DIY shops leads to impulse buys, the consequence of which is that animals are often neglected and/or abandoned. This is why Animal Aid launched a campaign against Focus in 2000, urging it to cease 'pet' sales in its stores.

Reptile sales were the first to go and then birds. However, Focus was making slow progress in its promise to phase-out the selling of mammals and no commitment was made to cease trading in fish.

Animal Aid has now received a guarantee from Focus' commercial director that it will stop the sale of all animals, including fish, in its stores within the next two years. We will continue to monitor stores and watch the progress that Focus is making during this time.

A new Animal Aid factfile details the suffering of fish in the trade. Fish suffer tremendously as a result of the 'pet' trade so it is really good news that Focus has made the commitment to stop selling fish as well as all other animals.

Take action

  • Please encourage Focus in its commitment to stop selling all animals including fish by writing to the firm's local stores explaining the importance of ceasing all animal sales.

  • Find out more about the Focus campaign and read our new factfile, Focus on Fish.

  • Join Animal Aid and support our work for the protection of all animals.

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