Walmart doesn't do anything for petty crimes. Not that I am advocating stealing from them or anyone. They are more concerned about dvd players and televisions than a pack of gum or a fish. The reason why they sell fish in the first place is so you will buy the accessories. The fish tank, heater, food, and decorations make Walmart more money than the livestock. That's why they don't care that these fish are left on a shelf to simmer in their own feces. The profit they make off of selling livestock is nothing compared to the money they make from selling all the necessities needed to take care of that animal.
You want to send Walmart a message, don't buy from them. At the very least don't rescue a fish from them and then turn around and buy everything you need for that animal at a store that refuses to give animals adequate care.
This isn't specificly directed at you erinandares
. I am happy that you saved the poor little guy. This is more of a heads up for anyone that gives their money to any business that doesn't care of the animals they sell. Those kinds of places don't care about the animals, they only care about the money they make off the merchandise they sell for "impulse buys" or rescues.
And if you ever happen to go to a Walmart that does take care of the fish they sell, then write them the nicest letter. Reward those employees that do the right thing with kind words. :)