registereduser, the fact that they are (in the opinion of most people) "just fish" is definitely something that contributed to my choice to get them from the store. Most people are outraged when a dog/cat/other cute furry pet is mistreated, but if a Betta is suffering and dying not many people even give it a second thought. I mean, trying to get people to care about cows, chickens, pigs, and other "farm" animals is an uphill battle (as a vegan I have been fighting this fight without much success, although some people are slowly starting to come around), so trying to get some respect for an inexpensive fish is going to be next to impossible. I don't expect stores to stop selling Bettas any time soon (if ever), and so taking in the sick ones is definitely not the worst thing you could do.
VJM, Craigslist is a great alternative! There are almost always people trying to get rid of their Bettas, and none of the money goes to the big companies. Although it's still hard giving money to individuals who don't care about their animals.
Kindness and respect should be shown to all animals, no matter if they are furry, scaly, big, or small. Be a hero to the animals and GO VEGAN!
Last edited by LinkLover; 02-20-2013 at 07:03 PM.