While it seems like a good thing to rescue a betta fish from a bad store, like Wal-Mart, I imagine that it's actually bad for the bigger picture, because it increases that store's demand for them, so they just order more and that leads to more suffering fish.
Wal-Mart seems pretty bad, Petsmart doesn't seem much better. So where would you guys say is a good place for someone to obtain a new fishy companion?
I wouldn't exactly call it a suffering machine. The water has a stress romoving chemical. Bigger cups than other store. Only downside is, even with the big cups its way to small. You want to get good fish that grow up in larger facilities, and you dont want to feed a "suffering machine" go to aqua bid. but there bettas average $10, plus shipping. Really nice one go for more. (Like the HM that just went for $501 :p)
I'm generally more interested in purchasing a fish for his personality, rather than his gorgeous colors, which is why I think it's important to purchase one that grew up in a good environment.
Is there like a breeder database website or something like that?
I've never seen a pet store that taken better care of their bettas than petsmart.
I think it really comes down to the individual stores and the people working there. I drive across town to petco rather than go 5 minutes to petsmart, because their cups are much cleaner and the fish healthier. that and the lady in charge of the fish section actually seems to know what she's talking about and has a few bettas of her own