Target: CEO of CBL Associates & Properties, Stephen Lebovitz
Goal: Thank CEO for ending the sale of sugar gliders in shopping malls.
Sugar gliders are no longer being sold by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., a corporation that manages shopping mall real estate. PETA reports that the company allowed the sale of these “pocket pets” up until recently. However, thanks to the efforts of many people, including our friends here at ForceChange, the sale of these animals was discontinued.
This is a victory for animal conservation groups, because the sale of sugar gliders in shopping malls is grossly out of touch with reality. According to National Geographic, sugar gliders, which are native to Australia, can stretch out their fleshy membrane and glide as far as the length of a football field. Their diet includes a wide variety of foods, including tree sap, nectar, insects, and seeds. As a result, it isn’t appropriate to sell them in North American shopping malls to people who will likely buy them on impulse, without knowing how to properly care for them.
In general, it is best for animals to remain in their native habitat unless they can be cared for by someone with the appropriate qualifications. Also, it’s not always best for a species to be introduced to a non-native environment because they can often have adverse effects on the ecosystem of that area if they get loose.
Sign this petition to thank the CEO of CBL Associates & Properties, Stephen Lebovitz, for discontinuing the sale of these animals.
Dear Mr. Lebovitz,
I want to thank you for the recent decision of your company to end the sale of sugar gliders, a small Australian marsupial that does not belong in the homes of North American residents. The sugar glider is an animal that is used to being able to roam free. It glides between trees, collecting insects, seeds, and nectar, and is even said to be able to glide as far as the length of a football field. Many people purchase these animals on impulse, since they are admittedly adorable, but they then fail to properly care for them. I think that it’s unwise to sell these animals outside of their non-native habitat; they should not be confined to small cages under the supervision of someone who may or may not properly care for them.
In addition, it’s not uncommon for pets to escape, and I worry about the negative effects that exotic species might have on the ecology of areas to which they are not native. I think that more pet stores should become ecologically responsible in this way. Thank you for recognizing that they don’t belong in your stores.
[Your Name Here]
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