Thought I would share this story with you since it was unbelievable to me.
So I recently bought my little Betta, Nievus (Neevee for short), from a "home improvement" store in Japan. I find it funny that they sell pets in a home improvement store, but anyway. When I explained to the woman that I wanted to buy Neevee, she gently took him over to the counter and explained that she was going to remove him from the little container he was in and put him in a plastic bag so I could take him home. I agreed (what choice did I have). She turned around and began to transfer him into the bag, and I thought somewhat sadly/humorously to myself that they turn around so you don't see how rough they are with the fish. But I pushed that thought aside and said it wasn't true.
She then turned around and began to wrap a rubber band around the top of the bag to prevent any spillage. She also began to talk to me about things you need to take care of a Betta fish, etc. but I wasn't listening. My eyes were focused on the violently swinging bag as she wound the rubber band around the top. I watched my poor little fish being flung from side to side in his water, dizzily. I nearly had a heart attack and would have gone off on the woman (or taken the bag from her crazy hands), but she stopped and handed me the bag after she finished.
@______@||||| Why, JAPAN, WHY!?
I am so happy I decided to buy my little fish. Who knows what else they do to them when you're not looking. Poor things.