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Old 10-06-2013, 08:54 PM   #11 
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They recently started selling babies as females. I got one last week. I have now had Athena for a week! I love her so much!
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:55 PM   #12 
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The walmart near me throws bettas in the trash! ALIVE! Their evil!
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:57 PM   #13 
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If they are close to death or even look remotely sick...they sometimes pour them down the drain...
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:10 PM   #14 
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Its so sad. I would save them. I would take them in
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:29 PM   #15 
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I am conflicted about how I feel about them pouring or flushing them. I don't know which is worse, that fate or being left in the death-cup.

I think any handling of any pet. Dog, cat, bird, fish, whatever as a job should require some certification. It would at least offer basic education for the employees. And.. retail stores that sell everything from underwear to furniture should not be allowed to carry living creatures. Ever.
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You do know pouring or flushing fish is one of the most inhumane, slow, painful deaths possible... And at least if they stay in their cup there is a chance (no matter how small) that they will find a good owner.
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:33 PM   #17 
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Death cup and being dumped are both equally fatal. Dirty, toxic water is involved in both.
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:36 PM   #18 
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You do know pouring or flushing fish is one of the most inhumane, slow, painful deaths possible... And at least if they stay in their cup there is a chance (no matter how small) that they will find a good owner.
Actually, this is true. There are so many toxic, harmful components in sewer water. But, in a "death cup", there is little water, and food, waste, and dust collect and cause ammonia to go up like crazy! That will ensure the death or illness of a betta. There is a small chance that someone will notice and either rescue or tell someone.
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No. I did not know that the flushing was the worst. I know it isn't pleasant or humane. In my head, the comparison was similar to choosing between two deaths...neither of which is good. I was thinking it may be faster than sitting in a dirty cup starving and burning from the ammonia, but I am still very new to fish. I am learning. But, yeah, there is a small chance of hope in the death-cup.
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:54 AM   #20 
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That's awful! I don't know what our Walmart does and I'm not sure I want to know.
Might be a good idea that I stay away from the fish section at Walmart from now on....I might end up taking them all in and nursing them to health before finding homes for them myself. Then I would know for sure that they get homes and aren't dumped down the drain or put in the trash!
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