This pet shop defends an ethical approach

Say goodbye to the rabbit cage. Near Caen, in Moult (Calvados), the Nivanaka pet shop, which opened on November 25, displays these animals in an 8-square-foot area, without wire mesh, glass or bars. “We leave the background of Traditional pet shop. In particular, we raise our own rabbits and limit litters to two per year”, says co-manager Kévin Servager.

Linked with his wife, he invested in a two-hectare field to raise his livestock there, and built a education farm. The idea for this project arose from an observation. “After looking at the livestock distribution chain, we found that their production is similar to that of meat animals. Breeding conditions are not always good. For example, rabbits have a gap corresponding to an A4,” explains the 28-year-old businessman, who has worked as an animal salesman for major brands for twelve years.

Promoting local livestock

In addition to rabbits, his pet shop also offers birds for sale. Installed in a 10m2 aviary, it all comes fromlocal farm and French, assured Kévin Servager. For example, we work with a breeder from Dame Blanche Lisieux and other professional breeders who are members of the AOCC association Les Amis des Oiseaux de Caen et du Calvados.

The story is similar for fish and shrimp present in aquariums, decorated only with “natural, locally grown plants”.

Adoption protection

If the pet store is supportive animal welfare, the opening of this new address has sparked some reactions on social media. Amid the positive comments, a few comments from those opposed to the sale of pets came under a post published in December on the “Outrouverquoiacaen” Facebook page.

“We adopt, we don’t buy!”, we can read. A speech that has been advocated by animal rights associations for years, like One Voice. Through the action “Animaleries? Je Refugees!”, launched in 2018, the organization emphasizes that shelters are “saturated with dogs and cats that only require an investment in a new home”.

With the pandemic, the number of students dropping out of school has especially increased. In a tweet, posted on January 17, the Humane Society (SPA) indicated that it had collected more than 45,000 animals in 2021 across the territory.

“L’adoption Pet store Nivanaka’s Kévin Servager recognizes that is still a preferred alternative before adding: “but as a trader, you can’t live on love and soda alone”.

Build certificate of commitment

Passed by Congress on November 18, the bill aims to strengthen the fight against animal cruelty, tightening trading conditions for professionals in the field. As of January 1, 2014, they will no longer be able to sell dogs or cats in their pet store. It will also be prohibited to present animals in windows overlooking the street. A breakthrough for animal rights activists.

The new document also stipulates that “future first-time owners of a cat or dog or other pet” must “sign a certificate of commitment and understanding of the specific needs of species”. A reflection period of 7 days will apply “between issuing a new certificate and purchasing or animal gift“.

With his concept, Kévin Servager has been at the forefront and innovated by offering a “contract of good conduct with the buyer”. In case of doubts about the future adopter’s motives, his pet shop has the right to refuse to sell. “To create this document, we were inspired by contracts established for the adoption of animals in shelters. After twelve years of working at pet stores, I realized that wealth This data makes customers think and limits impulsive purchases,” the expert who wants to see explains this type of widespread initiative.

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