I am in NO way a breeder, but I too only had exception with a few pics, like the rat, but that was mostly an instinctual reflex. After MrV mentioned the outside breeding that's frequently done then it's almost to be expected.
I use Rooibos tea in my two little tanks and I had a laugh when my friend came over and was grossed out by the water's tea-brown color. Personally I have grown to like the look and my boys seem happy.
Unless you go to a breeder's home or can truly understand what you're seeing in a picture, and *then* see something that ranks as true cruelty, then you're only making assumptions, and we know what that does, right?
I actually contacted the breeder and asked why the water was that color
Why there were bettas crammed into that jar
Why there were no heaters
And why the bettas in the bucket had little to none water
He actually blew up on me and said I was just some worthless child and told me to leave him alone. My reaction: o.O
So to me it just looked like horrible living conditions and the breeder was defending his neglectful ways.
Thank you for explaining everything.
That's unfortunate he reacted that way, but try to have an open mind. He may be a jerk who abuses animals. Or, maybe he's just somebody who is doing something to provide for his family and you come along, someone who he probably see's as a wealthy Westerner who's attacking him for the way he makes him living.
Misunderstanding and mis-perception can run both ways.
Just because we don't understand something doesn't make it truly wrong or evil; sometimes it's just different than what we're used to.