Originally Posted by Hallyx
That's a really good point, Choc.
Many breeders of fine show-quality fish also breed fighters. By buying their show fish, you give them the wherewithal to breed more fighters.
Moral conundrum, anyone?
To be 100% honest, we will never know where the money goes. Maybe it goes to producing more show qualities bettas. May be it goes towards fighter fish. Maybe it goes into a vault guarded by a dragon. Who knows. I'm not going to feel guilty or hurt if money given for one thing is used towards something I don't support. I struck that moral connundrum off my list the moment I started paying federal and state taxes.
Since most of my fish are from pet stores or rescues from former owners, I think I am drawn to show bettas by defualt. Not to say I would enter a Petco or Petsmart betta into a betta show, but I'm pretty sure pet stores go more towards show than fighter. I don't tihnk I've ever seen a fighter type in the scale, but I still think I like my show types even if none of my show types are show quality.