Regulations is the right solution I believe as well and we are the only ones that could make that a possibility. Educated people have to force the uneducated stores and sellers to make changes with how they raise and educate new time owners . that’s hard to do when uneducated people you are trying to change are just in it for money. They are blinded by profit. They lack the passion we have. I remember going to a privately owned pet store in my home town with my father when I was about 13-14 years old and they refused to sell to us because we had known nothing about its care.There you hit the nail right on its head!! This is the only solution to help these poor creatures, to get things legally regulated.
Let future keepers first mandatory do their homework and then sell them the supplies and when you take this serious, you can make more money as store, then they do now. Downside for them, is that truth in advance comes to play, and that´s that chameleons are pretty expensive when starting-up. However, once you invest correctly in the husbandry, it won´t cost that much any more. Point is, chameleons should be sold through reputable breeders only and stores let Petco should only sell supplies (bigger purchase orders, lower selling prices), next to not every single soul should breed them just for fun and some pocket change.
Sorry, this my honest opinion in this matter.
I was a furious little boy but man oh man do I understand his refusal now.
I’d go to petco for the treats that show up once in a while like horn worms but I believe it’s best I just don’t do business there anymore after rehoming.