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No Pets For Pizzas In Australia

Public outcry ended a promotion by a franchised Pizza Hut in Victoria, Australia, that was offering a free small animal after purchase of 10 pizzas.

Marylou Zarbock
Posted: September 16, 2014, 2:40 p.m. EDT

Some things are done differently "Down Under” in Australia. But giving away a free pet with pizza purchases is not one of them. Why would it be? Well, a franchised Pizza Hut restaurant in Mount Waverley, Victoria, briefly hung a poster at its store offering people who purchased 10 large pizzas a free small animal from Pets Story, a local pet store. The promotion was to run from September 1 through December 31.

 poster from Pizza Hut

The outrage this caused was almost instantaneous, and members of the animal rights group Oscar’s Law in Australia posted the sign to its Facebook page. That post generated 843 comments, 1,738 likes and 995 shares. This was only part of the social media storm.

Also, Oscar’s Law president, Debra Tranter, went to the pet store to ask about the promotion. She told Mashable she spoke to an employee who told her the store planned to give away guinea pigs and rabbits. However, Shane, identified by Mashable as a senior employee at the store, said the sign was incorrect. A small animal kit was being offered as a giveaway, not live pets. He said the store supports Oscar’s Law. The group seeks to stop pet mills and promotes adoption over buying pets from stores.

The poster has been taken down and the promotion cancelled.

rabbit with toys

© Gina Cioli/I-5 Publishing LLC
Rabbits typically live for 10 years and require different care than that of a cat or dog, which people might not know if they get the small animal pet as a giveaway.

Pizza Hut headquarters in Australia quickly released a statement on its Facebook page apologizing for the promotion and noting that it was not approved or condoned by Pizza Hut Australia. Some visitors to the page are now asking that Pizza Hut give a donation to Oscar’s Law or small animal rescue.

Both guinea pigs and rabbits are living animals that are a five to 10-year commitment. Neither is a pet to be given away or adopted on a whim. No pet is. 

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Posted: September 16, 2014, 2:40 p.m. EDT

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