December 23, 2021

For Immediate Release:
December 23, 2021

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

San Antonio – Because Petco is ho ho horrible and continues to sell sentient beings to anyone with a credit card—including people who might be tempted to give live animals to others as presents for the holidays—PETA has placed an important message near the store on Nacogdoches Road: “Life in a Cage Is No Life at All. Never Buy Birds.”

“There are no happy holidays for caged birds, who scream, tear out their feathers, and go insane under the stress of captivity,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on shoppers to steer clear of Petco, which will be on the ‘naughty’ list as long as it sells any animals as though they were home decor.”

In nature, birds perch in treetops, splash in lakes, soar high above the ground, woo mates, feed their babies, and communicate with the other members of their often large flock—none of which they can do in captivity. The pet industry breeds birds in filthy mills, steals chicks away from their mothers, clips their wings so that they can’t fly away, and sells them to buyers who are often unprepared to provide them with the decades of specialized care that they need, causing many to languish and even die of neglect.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

The billboard is located at 14025 Nacogdoches Rd., San Antonio.