Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
My two cents that I am pretty sure runs across the grain here: breeding involves the purposeful creation of sentient beings, and then the purposeful destruction of a certain number of them. That destruction is largely not for humane reasons, but in order to conform to arbitrary standards and whims of humans. The animating motivation seems to be either "I want make money" (often couched as "I want to offset the cost of my hobby"), or "I just want to". It's never about the animals, it's always about human desires.
This isn't to say that every breeder treats their fish badly, or cares nothing for them. There may even be Betta breeders out there that breed for health and hardiness, rather than aiming for one perfect picture on Aquabid. I have never seen or heard of any Betta breeder discussing breeding for anything other than "form", color, and finnage. My point is that in the best of all situations, you will be engaging in a practice that casually destroys the very fish we all like so much.
I am sorry if this seems heavy handed, or judgmental. It is obviously just the way I feel (passionately), and I totally respect other points of view on this issue. It's just what I think.
If you need a home for "culls", PM me and I will take as many as I can. I wish I could provide a home for the thousands of bettas that are killed every year to give the hobby what it wants.