Last week, after countless trys to try to get them to change the diet in store, I took it a step further and contacted PetSmart via the website.
Theyd been feeding the bettas only bloodworms, and I'd tried and tried to explain why not to.
Anyways, yesterday (sunday august 7th, 5:30ish pm) I got a call. New manager baby :)
Apparently, my letter was so good I got the old one fired, and that a lot of changes will be taking place.
I wonder if he knows I'm sixteen.
Heres a copy of the letter I wrote:
During my visits to PetSmart, I always take a stop and look at bettas,
which is my favorite fish. I am highly upset with not only the
conditions they have, but the food they are fed. I know since it's
always busy there because people are always quitting, they can't always
change the water, but I know they do when they can. But my main concern
is their eating habits. Betta splendens are carnivorous tropical fish,
which means they need a high protein source of something with meat, and
they need tropical water temperatures. With what they are being bed,
which is freeze-dried bloodworms, they are not only losing color, but
losing weight too. They aren't as vibrant as they should be after at
least a week of being in the store. I've talked to many employees and
they also see the freeze dried bloodworms as a problem. Freeze dried
bloodworms should be used as a treat only, and it says specifically on
the bottle they come in too. There is nearly no nutritional value they
can get fro
m it, unlike pellets. I used to purchase betta splendens before the
bloodworms were fed, and they were always big and healthy, but now
they're pale and nearly dead when you get them. Their diet is keeping
them from being sold, when simply they could change their diet and
people would be attracted to them. No one wants a pale blue betta with
no emotion, doesn't flare, nor make bubble nests. Pellets will solve
this problem, and I hope you will look into this. I will again buy
betta's if I can see they are in good health, otherwise I may see it
necessary to report it. No animal should be abused. It's not like you're
going to feed your child a piece of lettuce twice a week and hope they
survive. Also, for the cups, you can live in a closet but you won't be
happy. Bettas are the same way.
I would be willing to even donate food, frozen food as well as pellets.
I honestly would like to see them go to good homes instead of rot inside
a cup that hasn't been cleaned since the day they arrived. Thank you.
So, Bruce, the new guy, told me that I can call him back whenever and that he'll make sure I'm satisfied.
Remeber, all it takes is a voice to change some of these fishes lives! Just try it!
I had a cause and I took action! I advise you to do the same.
I'd do it for walmart, but they treat theirs kind of ok.