Originally Posted by 4everaspirit
Maybe these stores shouldn't be making a profit off of you. Do they deserve to with the way they treat the fish? That's is the question. Even if you buy their stuff, how would that change their behavior? You would have to at least bring up your concerns to them, otherwise they wouldn't realize that there was a problem at all, and to them, you are just buying another fish and all it's equipment. o.o. Though, wouldn't it seem weird to say to a manager, "I'm buying this betta and all of it's tank and supplies, but you guys need to provide better care for these better or I will not be coming back here."? Would that person even be believable? If someone is okay with buying fish in a poor state in their store once, who's to say they won't do it again, and again? Hence, the store could just keep railing profit from you. You would have to keep checking with the store to make this work, and sticking to your commitment to not buying anything more from them if they have not changed.
Anyway, I just personally think it's better to adopt fish that people are trying to get rid of because they can't take care of, or adopt from shelters. I'd rather not support those causing the problems in general :)
these companies are FULLY aware of how they are treating their animals. More than 90% of animal lovers aren't going to keep their mouths shut. They WILL speak up. These stores treat the animals this way manly because they have very limited amount of money to give them proper care. That and the animals are there as a fast sale. They don't expect to be keeping these animals more than 3-5 months.
Really sorry to hijack your thread OP