Yes, of course I considered the difference it made to the fish,it breaks my heart, and I'm not saying that a bad topline is the end of the world, or that bettas should never be sold in petstores - plenty of petstores do a fine job.
;) I have a farm, I am well aware of what cull means. I'm also well aware that it is only a tiny percentage of bettas that get bred.
The difference is, if you only ever think of the individual fish, you will create a huge glut of fish to rescue. You can't save every deformed fish, every walmart fish dying in an inch of water in a cup, etc. Neither can I.
But we can
make sure that those conditions cease to happen and that the only ones that need rescuing are the ones who were truly an "Ooops, it happens, not everything is born perfect" scenario, not a "Well, I can sell it anyway, so who cares?" like happens now.
Is it sad for the individual - yes, very. Do you know what stops me from total breakdown - the fact that no part of it is my fault. I am not only not any link in the chain, I'm trying to stop it.
And it CAN be stopped. Did you know, in the NE, they have so many great spay/neuter programs for dogs and such a wealth of pet education that there aren't enough dogs in shelters for everyone that wants to adopt? That there are shelters who truck puppies up from places in the south where such programs are NOT in place?
Please, don't believe me - look it up.
Here, I'll help; http://www.northeastanimalshelter.or...across-america
~ I'm sure you can find more links from there.
I rescue dogs. There is a puppy mill literally a half mile away from me. We can hear the barking from our house. A part of me would love to go and make a difference for each pup, even if it means buying it.
But I know that if I really, truly care, that I won't. I'll look into those sweet brown eyes and say "I'm so sorry. I was not responsible for what was done to you, and I'm trying to make it stop". And then I will try to educate the owner, I will tell everyone who will listen (and plenty that wont) about the responsible way to buy a pup. I'll lobby and rally and volunteer and donate for spay/neuter and educational programs. And I'll try to get everyone else to.
If I work very hard at it, and get other people to work very hard at it, then someday, my state will be like MA, with more rescuers then rescuees.
And if bettas are your passion, you can too.