There are large sections of JJ weekend market which sell all sorts of exotic pets. The shops range from air-conditioned and pedigree pets to stuffed cages selling cheap, mass produced animals. For buying pets at JJ Market there are cheaper and better alternatives.
Our Own Pets
Our first pet came from JJ Market – Burger a Coronet Guinea Pig. We paid extra for a nicer air-conditioned shop with pedigree certificates. Two years old now Burger is alive and well. We continue to visit JJ market for food bedding and treats. Our second pet didn’t come from JJ Market. Visiting the area regularly for guinea pig treats the animal cruelty became obvious. For this reason we opted against JJ. We searched online instead and found moo ping a cute Persian cat from a litter of kittens needing new homes. We visited the family on the outskirts of Bangkok (near Suvarnabuhmi) where we chose the scraggy kitten, covered in ringworm, with weird whiskers. We could have taken a happy healthy kitten but Moo Ping was too cute. After a bit of care at the beginning she is now healthier than ever. My guess is at JJ Market she would have been binned.
Dead or Alive?
It is sad to pass the area. Cages of animals are stacked in busy isles. The heat obviously too much for many cool climate animals. In many cages there is no movement – hard to tell if animals are sleeping or dead. Many look scrawny, scraggly even deformed. The crueler shops with signs deterring photography (otherwise I would show more below). I photographed some of the better looking animals. It is obvious pets are mass produced for sale. The rejects more than likely thrown aside and binned. Those which make it don’t last long. Ask anyone about buying pets in JJ Market they all say they same. Pets will die after a week.
Is this even legal?
I can’t help question the legality of it. Like enforcement of counterfeit clothes – enforcing animal regulations doesn’t appear to be high on the priority list. Every trip finds something new. Last visit passed the terrariums and aquariums where magnificent blacktip reef sharks were squashed in small tanks.