There is a lot of misinformation out there about betta fish—mostly propagated by the pet stores that sell them.
Im sure that Petco all the sudden hasnt decided "well its been many years of selling betta fish succesfully, now lets sell every kind of betta!" im well aware that Petco has been selling most if not all types of betta fish. its just, i went into petco the other day and i saw a really big King Betta, he was as long as my hand almost i was like omg! but i had never seen one before, and theres also some other bettas at my new local petco ive never seen before. Or at least at a Petco, like butterfly bettas, all kinds not gonna go into detail though lol.
Even the retail giant Walmart got in on the betta buzz, selling their betta fish for less than a Starbucks Frappuccino. While Walmart has come under fire by some betta fish enthusiasts for keeping sick fish in dirty water, surely they have earned much of the credit for ensnaring people into the hobby. I can only imagine the thousands of Walmart shoppers who mosey by the aquarium department only to end up with a new betta in their basket. As we all know, bettas are like potato chips: you can’t have just one. Walmart is to blame, at least in part, for chronic betta fish addictions throughout the U.S.
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Chapter 9: Selling Bettas - Betta Fish
Dear concerned consumers and respecters of animals
I am asking you to sign this petition to persuade the Meijer Corporation to end its inhumane treatment of betta fish. These fish have somehow come to be conceptualized as decorative household fixtures instead of living creatures. They are wrongly thought to be able to comfortably survive in tiny enclosures with little environmental regulation. On the contrary, these fish have specific environmental needs like all other creatures. Betta breeders encourage owners to provide their fish with a diet designed especially for bettas, a bare minimum of a 2-gallon tank, and specific temperature settings.
The Meijer Corporation is perpetuating the and modeling horrendous treatment of these animals by displaying them in their stores in small plastic or glass containers...even in plastic beverage cups barely half full of water as I recently witnessed in a new , Illinois. Further, Meijer is encouraging this kind of confinement by selling "tanks" such as those made by which hold .2 gallons of water and are 5-1/2 inches wide by 4-inches across.
I am tired of walking through aisles of groceries and encountering a disgusting display of what should be energetic, vibrant fish floating lifelessly in isolated bowls with only a few cups of water - their fins ragged and their futures indeed very bleak. Animals are not "inventory."
Please help me demand that the Meijer Corporation end this inhumane practice by no longer selling bettas. Tell them that they can be the pioneers that set new standards for large retailers' treatment of animals. We are tired of walking through aisles of groceries and encountering a heartbreaking display of what should be energetic, vibrant fish floating lifelessly in isolated bowls with only a few cups of water. Efforts to stop Wal-Mart from selling bettas kept in similar conditions have been made, but we are asking the Meijer Corporation to establish itself as the pioneer in finally setting new standards for the treatment of these fish in large retail stores. The population of eco-conscious shoppers such as ourselves continues to grow and we hope that Meijer will retain our business and support through adoption of animal-friendly policies.