Sorry if I posted this in the wrong section but I was just curious.
Lately, I've noticed a lot of people who think breeding(dogs mostly) is wrong and should be restricted or outlawed. Even breeders who have a good track record are considered unfit to own animals.
Before I read up on breeding bettas I had wanted to breed dogs but got a lot of backlash... I decided to try bettas for now.
Did the research and checked the various threads here.
Two of my friends bred their dogs once and neither had a problem finding them homes. I've also seen people here and on YouTube who were successful with selling betta fry.
Still, there's a lot of animals who would end up with diluted gene pools or possibly extinct if breeders didn't work so hard to maintain them.
Also there's many breeders who love and care for their animals... dogs or other wise.
I also notice a major difference in bettas from aquarium stores and those from chains like Petco and Petsmart. I talked with one employee at an aquarium store who said they treat their bettas if they arrive with fin rot and won't sell them until they're better. Went to a Petco and reported a betta with severe fin rot and found him back on the shelf the next day!
But the way stores treat their fish can vary. I stopped at a different Petco and found another betta with fin rot, after bringing him to the attention of the manager, he was immediately taken to be checked out. Apparently there was an outbreak of fin rot with one shippment. Went to an aquarium store in L.A. years ago which smelled low tide when I walked in and the fish didn't look healthy. That store has gone out of business and I can think of a few reasons why.
Plus, there's some pets where the only way you can acquire them is from a breeder. Take for example the Gypsy Vanner Horse. I've only seen one once and she was so beautiful! There aren't a lot of them in the U.S. though. It's the same thing with the Tibetan Mastiff.
Personally, I have nothing against breeders who do it as a hobby or for the show ring. Same goes with people who purchase from them.
Pets need homes regardless of where they come from.
I have read that the popularity of owning saltwater fish(Clownfish especially) went up after the release of Finding Nemo. Meanwhile, veiltail bettas aren't recognized by any of the major fish show circuits because too many have been bred for the pet market.
Anyone here ran into somebody who disagreed with breeding and raising animals?