In This Issue
Uproar over ‘Pets make great Christmas presents’ sign in Jollyes
Under-fire retailer removes offending sign after social media backlash
Award-winning Natures Menu aims even higher after joining forces with Spanish pet food giant
Pets at Home appoints new Chief Financial Officer
Ceva announces its biggest ever TV advertising campaign
PATS exhibitions prepare for another exciting year
Beaphar initiative helps to train Hearing Dog puppy
Signature Suet Balls from Petface are a premium offering
Dog ate £200 in £20 notes during Christmas binge
Double success for award-winning Arden Grange
Cat rehoused by garden centre after returning twice
New product launch from WhitePython
Pooch & Mutt appoints Key Account Manager
Sneyd’s Wonderdog sponsor leading gundog handler
Blackpool Zoo tries to dissuade man from buying a pet giraffe
Man arrested for selling smuggled reptiles from hotel room pet shop
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Uproar over ‘Pets make great Christmas presents’ sign in Jollyes
A poster advertising ‘Pets make great Christmas presents’ and displayed in a Jollyes store has caused uproar with animal lovers throughout the UK.

Social media sites Facebook and Twitter were bombarded with comments from disgruntled people who felt the message was at odds with responsible pet care.

On Facebook, Northern Ireland says "NO"  to Animal Cruelty remarked: “It was brought to our attention that Jollyes Petfood Superstores allegedly had the attached poster displayed in one of their stores, which as you can imagine caused outrage amongst people as it sends a wholly irresponsible message and at a time of year where there are many campaigns against this type of mentality.”

Another person wrote: “I work in a small independent pet shop I also have a degree in animal care and always the animals come first. And no pet should be bought just as a Christmas present.”

Other comments included: “Any animal is for life not just for xmas”; “This is nonsense, stop selling pets as gifts”; “Most animals bought as pets for Christmas are abused because of ignorance or simply because the person loses interest.”

The poster is believed to have been displayed in a Jollyes store in Bedford. Below ‘Pets make great Christmas presents’, it stated ‘Please note that last day you will be able to purchase any pets is 23rd December. We do this in the interests of the pet’s health as they need 24 hours to settle in to a new home before being handled.’

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