Originally Posted by Campbell
IMO this is ridiculous. Yes, people should do research before they purchase a pet BUT just because they didn't does not by any means make them cruel. I know many people on this forum started out not knowing a thing about betas, and if they were approached by someone who acted hostile like you are suggesting they might have been discouraged from the hobby. A conversation isn't going to hurt anything. The person might just need to be educated. It might not work, but its definitely worth a try. It that doesn't work grater measures can be taken, but even those should be approached a decent attitude.
Let's put this same situation to a different pet shall we? how about if they kept a great dane in a small sized puppy transport kennel? what if they kept a full sized bearded dragon in a 10 gallon tank? what about a full grown corn snake in a 5 gallon tank?
The examples go on and on, add to that the description seems to show a classic "they can live in the vase and eat the roots" betta set-up, which as we know, bettas can't properly digest or metabolize vegetable matter and those vases tend to be much too small, again I must stress that ignorance isn't a defense, it takes roughly 2 minutes for my mom (internet unable) to google "betta care" and find a care sheet which lists 5 gals as best, 2.5 gals as acceptable, heater and proper diet needed to thrive, etc.