Its sorta ironic, they think they are doing something "earth friendly" for their animal and making it a better animal when really its pretty much animal abuse. Denying it it's natural food source is cruel and *****ic.
Then you get those on the opposite end of the spectrum also, there are a few gentlemen that come into the store every week to buy live pinkie mice, I ask what sort of snake they have and they say "Oh no its for my bearded dragon." and I tell them that giving their beardie a pinkie mouse every day is unwise and unhealthy for the dragon and all they can say is "I dunno I think its COOL." These guys just get a kick out of watching their dragon hunt and kill the pinkie mouse so thats pretty much all they feed them, one guy said his was 2 years old and he's NEVER given it any sort of veggies because thats "stupid."
I've tried my best to learn as much as I can about these creatures in order to give my customers the best chance for their dragons and have referred many to this website who are thinking of getting one, but some just don't care and don't want to hear it. I spend alot of time with the baby beardies at our store making sure they're healthy and clean, when I started there they were pretty much feeding the group (5 of them) a few crickets a day and a heaping bowl of meal worms because the mealworms are "much easier to clean" when it comes time to do the cages. Apparently having to clean up crickets was "too much time and effort." Now, there are NO mealworms fed to the dragons and I make sure to give them a bath
in the morning and clean up their poop out of the enclosure 4-6 times a day. They get fed crickets 3 times a day and the occational waxworm and are given calcium on a daily basis and actually given vitamins now. I figure if its too much work for my fellow employee's to do then I'll deal with it, problem solved.
I've actually nursed two rough looking little runts that I've affectionately named Peach and PeeWee. They were skin and bones, could hardly lift their heads, and wouldn't eat for over a week even after the relocation stress was done AND had broken tails. Now they're round, shedding, and actively hunting. Its a shame to think I put all these work into these little guys just to have someone come and buy one that could care less as to how to probably care for it. *grrr*
Its funny, I've only started to learn about these guys maybe a little over 2 months ago, and now I'm known as the "dragon lady" at the store because I'm the only one thats bothered to do any research on them. lol if only the other people I work with would put in that same effort then they could be dragon people too!