Originally Posted by LittleBettaFish
The problem is by 'rescuing' bettas from big box stores, you are only compounding on the problem.
Look how many people were outraged by the sale of baby bettas, and yet look how many people post on here saying they 'rescued' one from the evil Petco. Petco now knows it has a good market going for its product.
I think if you are really passionate about stopping cruelty and ignorance, form a group of like-minded people and start getting out there and spreading the word. Write up info sheets and contact owners of stores and see if they will display them for you. Heck, contact the local paper and see if you can't raise some public awareness there.
I find people are more swayed by someone who can verbally articulate and debate a point of view, than a youtube video. I think it tends to leave more of an impression.
Also I never see why people post on an open forum if they only want praise. A bit of debate is healthy as long as it does turn to mud-slinging.
When I first got into advocacy it was because I was very unhappy with the care going on at one of my local walmarts. I started by complaining to the store manager, then to corporate, and then by talking people out of supporting that store's fish section, when I started talking about contacting the local paper... that's when things started changing, and quickly. They still don't take the best care of their fish but dead bettas are much fewer and far between now.
Same thing for my LFS.. they were keeping their kings in tiny bowls that they could barely turn around in... once I got ahold of the store owner and gave him an earful things changed FAST.
Saving bettas is nice and it feels good. But one free betta given away to quite a complaining customer is not what makes change.. letters to corporate and public awareness are what makes change.