Originally Posted by Elaina
By paying full price for a sick animal you are just rewarding the system that keeps them in such poor conditions. It's like when people buy puppies from a petstore, and say that they are "rescuing them." When in all actuality you are supporting that petstore(and in turn the puppymill) and there will be another animal to take that one's place.
Supply and demand.
"If you build it, they will come".
If there is always someone there to buy a product, the product will always be there. If there are lots of people to buy a product, there will be an increase in the quantity produced of this product. And the converse is true... if nobody buys it, or there is a decrease in DEMAND, the quantity produced and supplied will follow... it will decrease.
But, the difficult thing is to get consumers to realize this and to act on this. If you want a betta fish and you don't know where else to get them but at a shop that keeps them in less than adequate conditions, you may feel you don't have any choice.
You buy a betta (or ANYTHING for that matter) from a crappy place, you're supporting that crappy place and supporting how they do their business. Plain and simple, whether you call it "rescuing", "buying", or whatever else you feel like calling it.
Research before you buy... there are betta breeders, there are auction sites (again, research before you bid/buy), it's your responsibility to check out the source. There ARE more choices, just have to look
for them as they won't come and slap you in the face.
There are many younger people participating in this forum who may not have the ability to decide where they get their fish from... mom & dad may be footing the bill, or not allow internet purchases, etc. But anyone making their own choice where and how to get their betta...... if you get it from one of these places that keeps it's fish in substandard conditions, well then these conditions must not be THAT bad, or your wanting a fish takes a higher priority than deciding to NOT support a certain business.
Anyway, I've gas-bagged long enough! lol Just my humble opinions. Really, though, sometimes there AREN'T many choices for the average consumer out there, but you have to do your best to make the best choice. And all of the "rescued" bettas out there are probably so happy to be out of their dirty little cups! :)