Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
I am going to try and say this with great carefulness, because animal rights is something I feel very strongly about. Please forgive me if I don't do this perfectly.
It is a wonderful thing that people have the empathy and kindness to want to help any animal they see suffering. That impulse is so important to how we all deal with each other, animals, and the entire world. Each of you who have made a positive difference in an animal's should be commended.
But. When you buy an animal, you contribute to problem. You continue the cycle. The reason most petstores don't carry puppies anymore isn't because the business owners found out about the horrible conditions and breeding practices at puppymills. It's because, through investigation and education, the public stopped buying them. The same holds true for bettas. Until it makes no financial sense to stock them, the abuse will continue.
To a certain extent, buying fish from stores that keep them poorly only encourages the continuation of the same practices. Stores don't care if people are buying bettas out of outrage, sympathy, or admiration, just that they are buying.
In the animal rescue world, paying any money for an animal that is given up is absolutely not OK. These animals aren't rescues. They are purchases. And the continued commoditization of animals leads to horrible abuse. Whether it's puppymills, chicken farms, or bettas in cups, if money is changing hands it is never good for the animals.
If you got this far, I appreciate you listening. If you would like more info on how to address the issue, please feel free to pm me and I will try to point you in a useful direction.
Like I said, I think you are all great people for wanting to protect such a beautiful and abused animal.