Two days ago my boyfriend and I went to Walmart, the bettas were in such poor condition, their cups were practically opaque with filth, you could barely see the bettas in them! They also smelled like death. Like they hadn't been cleaned in months... As we were checking out I went to customer service and told a worker that someone needed to clean them ASAP and it was disgusting they were treating animals that way. She seemed concerned and told me she would let someone know immediately.
We had to run into Walmart again today to pick something up and of course we went straight to the fish to see if anyone actually cleaned them, and guess what, they didn't. They were worse! One of the prettier bettas was floating on its side barely breathing :(
I told one of the CSM's about it, how awful they smelled, how cruel it was, how they were dieing and how you couldn't even see the fish through the cups. In reality that will not help their business. Who is going to be interested in a fish if the cup smells rotten and they can't even get a good look at any of the bettas? Anyway, she basically told me it wasn't her problem, she wasn't concerned in the least bit, and I needed to talk to someone if the pet department about it. I told her I didn't see anyone back there and she assured me someone was there. She wouldn't radio anyone, or send a worker to do it. No, she told me to go back to pets, find this guy and tell him to clean the fish. I was so mad! I walked back to my boyfriend and started crying and we walked out, I sat in the car pouting and he went back in and yelled at an actual manager, threatened them saying we were very well known fish breeders in the area (which we aren't but he's very convincing, heh) and we would ruin business and complain to corporate and send them pictures we took of the bettas.
I'm so maaaaaaaaad! I mean the other Walmart in my town has decent betta care! Like, sometimes the water level is low.. but they never have spoiled water in them! Also at all the petshops around, I've never seen their condition that bad. It broke my heart. I feel like no one cares about fish, but that is animal abuse!! They are slowly killing them and when I complain to someone about it they don't even care!
Okay this rant is over. I'm still in shock though and refusing to shop at Walmart ever again.