It's a touchy subject. lol. On the one hand, you have a fish who needs help. On the other hand, you have the choice of supporting the trade that causes them to be in that condition or not.
idk, I make a distinction between saving and animal and the word 'rescue'. To me, when you buy a betta from a store, or do something like buy a dog from a backyard breeder, you can 'save' it, but you're not part of rescuing it. idk for me that word, when talking about animals, kind of refers to specifically when you;
Pay no money to a person who puts the animal into that condition. This is not the same as paying an adoption fee in a shelter or something, which just helps cover the cost of the animal's stay. You do not want to be supporting the people in any way shape or form who do this.
So yeah I know some people in this thread aren't gonna like me for it. But there are pitty purchases, which saves the life of an animal. But there are also rescues that do it and try to move animals without giving any support to the cause of them being where they are. You don't stop puppymills by buying up all the dogs from the breeders-- you stop them by refusing to buy those dogs.
tl;dr - Saving an animal's life isn't the same as a 'rescue' imo. Rescue is a word that has a more specialized meaning when it comes to animals. And also, anyone who maybe feels bad or whatever about buying from walmarts or chain stores, remember;
Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. So he began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn't dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer he called out, "Good morning! What are you doing?" The young man paused, looked up and replied, "Throwing starfish in the ocean."
"I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?" "The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don't throw them in they'll die." "But, young man, don't you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can't possibly make a difference!" The young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said-
"It made a difference for that one."