Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Marin County, CA
Good to hear it 1fish2fish... I am paranoid about the disease I guess.
Generally I have purchased bettas because they looked healthy and beautiful, but I have purchased them in the past precisely because they didn't and I didn't want the poor creature to die. I do agree with pitluvs and others in that it's not about bringing down walmart (good luck) but in just being aware that by buying unhealthy bettas you are actually in some ways supporting them being kept that way.
In reading many of these posts on the site, it almost appears more than half of all people buy out of pity (maybe just those I came across). Which if that is the case, then it is actually more profitable for businesses to abuse bettas because it creates more impulse buying. (And sadly... it is also profitable to promote their continued abuse in unlivable conditions of "betta homes" that are inadequate because you replace them by buying another.) Perhaps if people only bought healthy bettas, there would be greater incentive for sellers to keep them healthy, because every abused animal would equal profit loss. Either way, walmart or walmart employees have no incentive to keep bettas in better conditions when the sick and dying are flying off the shelves.
I am not saying that people should not continue to purchase and help save dying pet store animals; I for one certainly admire the compassion and generosity that it takes to do so. And I recognize it would be far easier to take care of an already healthy fish. But I do believe in supporting those businesses that do treat their animals humanely, educates their clientele accurately, and sells no betta torture "homes".
That being said I am sure that most people don't have an LFS that even remotely fits that discription. I only know of 2 in my area and by area I mean an hour's distance away and I am near San Francisco a major city! So no judgement on my part on where you buy, a good LFS is hard to find.
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