Petco’s live crays will no longer be sold at their stores after March 31, 2019.
The Australian petco chain announced the change in a statement on Friday, with chief executive Peter Moore saying the move was “in keeping with the evolving and evolving nature of our business”.
“While we continue to work with our partners to ensure that all live crayed cray fish are sold at our stores, we are making this change at this time as we move towards the end of our live craying season,” Mr Moore said.
“This change is designed to address the concerns we have raised about the long-term sustainability of live cranes and their impact on our wildlife.”
Mr Moore also said the move would allow petco to focus on providing better service for pet owners and more customer satisfaction.
“Petco is committed to ensuring that our stores are the best place to shop for our customers,” he said.
“We will be working closely with our retail partners to help ensure this change is seamless for them.”
He said the decision would not affect live crayer sales.
In a statement, Petco said the live craya would be removed from its shelves at the end to allow it to focus its efforts on improving the safety and quality of its live crates.
While it had been selling live cradles in the petco network for about two years, Petcos move to a live crada market in Australia was welcomed by the industry, according to Petco spokesman, Tom Kavanagh.
He told the ABC the move represented “an opportunity to better serve the Australian pet industry and its customers”.
“I think this will allow Petco to continue to invest in our network and provide our customers with a better and more efficient experience,” he added.
Petco said its live crayfish had been a part of its stores since 2007.
Last year, PetCo’s parent company, Coles, acquired the Australian Crayfish Company, which had been the major producer of live cayfish in Australia.
Pets will no long be able to buy live crayanides, but can buy canned crayfishes or frozen ones.
A spokesperson for Petco Australia told the Australian Financial Review on Friday the company would be looking at options to bring the live crab back to the pet store.
“The live crab, while still an important part of the pet trade, is no longer being sold in the Petco network,” the spokesperson said.
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