I've seen a lot of people say that about bettas...mostly the people who have never owned one. The people who were suckered in to buying a betta and putting it in a bowl will tell you that they only live for like a week, and they still don't realize it was due to their own neglect. I tell ya, for the "most intelligent" creature on the planet, a lot of us sure know nothing about anything.
Originally Posted by Kithy
Lemme tell you this.
Even if those 17 fish had died in their little plastic cups, do you really think a big chain is going to stop selling them? No. They won't.
May as well give one fish a good home for a few days than suffering in a tiny cup.
I agree with both sides of the argument. Yes, if NO ONE bought any more bettas from pet stores and ONLY bought them from breeders, the pet stores would be making no revenue off of bettas. But the chances that EVERYONE will stop buying bettas from pet stores is close to nil. Its like when vegetarians say that not eating meat will result in less cruelty to livestock...no. Now the animal is dead and theres no one around to eat it so its just going to be made into cat food or worse, thrown away.
I would love to buy fish from breeders, but the $35 to ship a 10 or 20 dollar fish is just another extra expense most people wouldn't want to pay...I mean thats more than 3 hours of work for me at my current, low-paying job :D