As you all know I am a huge believer in Animal Rights, Rescue, and NO Puppy Mills. Well I have been facing a huge obstacle lately and I need your thoughts and opinions on how to handle this properly.
The Salt Water club I am a member has a sponsor by the name of Petland (HUGE PUPPY MILL ISSUES) (old thread from where I realized about Petland).
The sponsorship is they give discounts to members who go there and they have a little section on the forum to post sales etc. Ok I can live with that I just do not go there and I do not enter that section of the forum. They never attend events etc so I do not have to see them. I also had a huge post on the horror of the situation on that forum after I found out about Petland but most people do not under stand that buying fish and coral there still supports puppy mills.
Well last Sunday they attended a meeting. Long story short I freaked as we were looking around and I looked up and saw them. I grabbed my OH and screamed NO! Puppy Mills! I spent most of the rest of the event on the other side of the room, or hallway as I did not trust myself. Later that night I was in tears debating if I should leave the club. I love the club, the community etc and I want to get more involved and I need their help with the new tank.
I have worked very hard my entire life to protect animals. I hold many titles personal and work wise that could be frowned up if associated with Petland. I do not want to be labeled a hypocrite liar etc. So yesterday I removed my cute siggy from my user profile (same wonderful siggy used here) and put up the following quote:
“Petland has a terrible reputation in the marketplace,” said Fairfax City Mayor Scott Silverthorne. “All you have to do is Google it and it’s a national problem.”
Fairfax mayor explores tougher rules for pet store -- FairfaxTimes.com
I figured using that quote was not too harsh and not inappropriate as it is the truth spoken by the mayor. I know a few members have reported it but so far no one has said anything to me and I was on a conference call last night with some folks. I feel by doing that I am still capable to be a member without being associated with them and letting my disproval be known. Also petland does not match our group mission statement of educations, conservation etc.
Am I wrong? Right? How would you handle this?