Originally Posted by Myates
It is sad, and I hate seeing them like that. I understand why they are in the small cups- but as mentioned above, there are ways to keep them healthy while they are awaiting new homes. Corporate side of things is: We still get paid for a dead fish, count it as a loss to the store, so why are we going to pay employees extra time to clean them a couple times a day when they have other things to do.. would take almost a new employee to cover the jobs that cleaning would take away from.
Sadly, it's about cost and efficiency rather then people caring about an animal.
Going shopping today with boyfriend.. possibility of bringing a new baby home *squee*! I figure, they will sell the fish anyways, whether I buy them or not.. so may as well give one a good home then let it suffer and possibly die.
:D I'm so excited for you to be able to bring another little fishy a good home!
Thats the thing, yes, it counts as a loss, but taking care of betta can be so easy... if you have a small stock which most stores here in Canada I've seen maybe 6-10 at the most it really wouldn't take that much time out of the day to change their waters, feed them properly and reorganize/ rotate the stacking. I mean, they charge 6$ a fish here and they look miserable at some stores. If they took good care of them I'm sure they could even raise the price.
When I got Aldo from the individually owned pet store I paid a little more but all the betta there were BEAUTIFUL. I mean absolutely vibrant and healthy, active even though they were in a small amount of space in those cups too. If they're looking at it at profit, they could INCREASE the profit if they spent a little more time and effort on them. Unless a person takes pity on one and wants to save one (which I have done in the past-- poor guy didn't last a day at home I was so sad he was in that bad of a shape he didn't have a dorsal fin) they would much rather buy a fish that would at least live through the night :(