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The guinea pigs that live at East Park, Holderness Rd, Kingston upon Hull are kept in sub standard conditions and are not safe from predators. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 states:

Promotion of welfare
9 Duty of person responsible for animal to ensure welfare
(1) A person commits an offence if he does not take such steps as are reasonable in all the circumstances to ensure that the needs of an animal for which he is responsible are met to the extent required by good practice.
(2) For the purposes of this Act, an animals needs shall be taken to include
(a) its need for a suitable environment,
(b) its need for a suitable diet,
(c) its need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns,
(d) any need it has to be housed with, or apart from, other animals, and
(e) its need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

Four of these conditions are not being met.
1. The environment is not suitable as predators can get in, many boars are housed together which is not ideal as they will fight and there are only three small hutches that they can shelter in but they are not big enough and they are raised off the ground to a height that makes it difficult for the guinea pigs to get in.
2. The diet is not suitable as the food is exposed to the elements and gets wet so it is not edible.
3. Guinea pigs should not be housed with animals other than other guinea pigs. These guinea pigs are housed with peacocks, chickens and a goat!
4. They live in an open pen that predators can get into and twelve were recently killed by a fox. The wildlife development officer was quoted saying we may lose one animal now and then to a fox, but twelve is unusual he knew foxes were a threat and yet nobody did anything to protect the guinea pigs.

We insist that the guinea pigs are protected from all predators, including birds of prey. The only way they would be protected is to totally enclose the pen, this would also keep the peacocks and chickens out. They should have constant access to the barn which is attached to the enclosure and any dry food should be available for them inside the barn so it cant get wet.

We also suggest that East Park does not breed their guinea pigs because if they were protected and looked after properly then they could live for up to 10 years. Then there would be no need to restock after winter as I was told last time I was there. If East Park worked with reputable animal rescue charities to promote guinea pig welfare then they could become a good influence on members of the public. Currently they are a bad influence that promotes guinea pigs as a throw away impulse buy as they will sell babies to members of the public with a promise to take them back when the kids get bored.

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Latest Signatures

  • 19 November 2015100. Diane W
    Hope these guinea pigs are being looked after properly and getting the right amount of Vitamin C
  • 14 November 201599. Alexandra R
    As a guinea-pig owner, I am disgusted at the conditions these cavies are being kept in. The owners need to be made to provide adequate and suitable accommodation/food for them or be made to surrender the animals if the issues are not addressed.
  • 21 September 201598. Laura S
    I support this petition
  • 22 August 201597. J K
    I support this petition
  • 09 May 201596. John A
    Better living standards for them!
  • 30 April 201595. Alan P
    I support this petition
  • 11 April 201594. S P
    I support this petition
  • 03 March 201593. Kerryann Kerr
    I support this petition
  • 28 February 201592. Nicquita M
    i really hope that this helps to get something done :(
  • 28 February 201591. Anna F
    I support this petition
  • 25 February 201590. Gavin Perkins
    I support this petition
  • 04 December 201489. Lea B
    I support this petition
  • 16 October 201488. Alison W
    I support this petition
  • 24 September 201487. Jane P
    I support this petition
  • 05 September 201486. Lucy H
    The environment these animals are kept in is incredibly troubling and un-suitable, something really must be done
  • 06 August 201485. Amy M
    I support this petition
  • 07 July 201484. Alex P
    I support this petition
  • 09 June 201483. Chris P
    I support this petition
  • 05 June 201482. Kamilla B
    I support this petition
  • 02 June 201481. Caroline J
    you should hang your heads in shame at allowing these people to continue operating
  • 23 April 201480. Hazel K
    absolutely discusted that these have been allowed to be kept in such conditions
  • 08 April 201479. Charlotte Hoffman
    I will carry on spreading the word of how horrifically your animals are kept until you change.
  • 03 April 201478. Stephanie L
    I support this petition
  • 04 March 201477. Heather L
    I support this petition
  • 26 December 201376. Suzanne A
    I support this petition
  • 01 November 201375. Paris B
    I support this petition
  • 12 October 201374. Linda L
    Guinea Pigs deserve better. Breeding should be regulated if necessary in the first place. too many animals needing rehoming in rescue centres

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Deanna StarkBy:
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East Park, Hull City Council

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