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Old 03-16-2012, 04:30 PM   #21 
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Owning a fighter animal (fish, dog, whatever) and actually fighting said animal are two very different things.
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:48 PM   #22 
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but you contribute to the fighting breed don't you? although, dogs were bred a LONG time ago mainly to protect. Not fight each other.

Or in the case of a bulldog another more vicious sport tagging a bull and a dog against each other. Talk about unfair :/ and cruel. To either animal. The guy I was with before, wanted chickens, rabbits and cows for slaughter. Here's me: "NUU DON'T KILL SALLY MAY!!" I'm a sucker for animals. Sure I'll eat them (chicken and cow only, no pork...blech) but I cannot kill or watch them be killed. (Unless I am on a stranded island and need to survive.)
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:53 PM   #23 
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If you buy directly from someone who fights their fish, yes. However, there are ways to have a fighter animal without supporting the fighting industry. For example: Adopting a previously fought dog from a rescue.
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:55 PM   #24 
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Ok ok lol. Well, Fighter fish are bred directly from fighting - otherwise they'd be just plakat bettas - not Fighters (or so I was told haha). I just want healthy fish, personally. haha. And I plant to get a rottie (or a pitbull) from a shelter - no home breeders, or breeders.
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:57 PM   #25 
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-this is going to be the pitbull thread all over again- D:
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:58 PM   #26 
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Fighter Bettas - the Pitbulls of the Betta World?

just kidding. I've never met a bad pitbull. Meanie bettas, sure >.> I'm surprised Shiloh my scarface VT hasn't killed my non-suicidal colorful long finned guppy!!
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:05 PM   #27 
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Dogs are different in the sense that they're smarter and larger. I love pits and I'm against fighting them but bettas I really don't care what a breeder decides to breed or do.

All domestic splendens are from fighting lines. We owe our hobby to breeders who raised these fish to fight. Also fighter breeders raise the toughest, strongest fish and their methods are used by show breeders like me.
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:43 PM   #28 
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Betta fish were originally domesticated back when fighting animals was hugely popular and socially acceptable. So it makes sense that is what they were primarily used for. However, most of the Betta fish of today that we keep as pets were bred primarily for their beauty.
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:20 PM   #29 
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also, betta fighters treat their fighters like kings. they get the best food and care you can imagine. after teh battle(which is NOT to the death, btw. just until one submits), they're treated for their wounds and live in warm IAL water.

my own plakat is 2 years old. she's my healthiest betta by far. why? because Plakats aren't bred for looks. only winners are bred, so they're healthier.

while i disagree with fighting like the rest of ya'll, i respect the way they're treated when they're not fighting. i learn from that. my fin treatment tips i know, i learned from fighters. they aren't heartless humans who do it for fun. many do it to make a living.
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I'm sure a responsible fighter wouldn't allow "scales to fly" so to speak either.
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