Since visiting your site and learning lots about our betta friends,
I am HORRIFIED by the way PetSmart, Superpetz, Wal-Mart, etc. keep
their bettas. I feel sooooo bad every time I am at one of those
stores. Any suggestions on how to get them to STOP abusing bettas?
could add a few more pet store chains to the above list, and append
it further more by then adding most of their local fish stores. Boy,
that is a looooong list of people who need a brain
Yes, most pet stores (especially low end, big corps ones) treat bettas very poorly. Oftentimes it is because of ignorance, but in many cases it is simply pure negligence. Because bettas can survive in a small body of water (such as a cup), they figure that they can "store" them that way until they are "moved" (as in sold and out of their hair). To the store, it makes sense, because it saves them shelf space and since bettas MUST be kept separated, each male must have his own habitat. Now, why these stores (who obviously have large budgets)
All stores should provide the following BARE MINIMUM for their bettas:
|although cups may be acceptable
on a temporary basis (as in 1 week), they should preferably use
1/4 jars (but that is not about to happen anytime soon!) which
would allow them to do water changes every 4 to 5 days (less
hand manipulation of the bettas = less stress) and give also the
bettas some room to move around darn it!!!
||a jar cover!!!! Don't they know
bettas jump? (this is my BIGGEST complaint)
||medication for all the bettas
that appear less than 100% OK (some Bettamax, which they sell,
would not cost them all that much and when caught early, a
disease can be defeated that way)
It is NOT acceptable that stores offer for sale bettas that are sick, bettas that are dying, and oftentimes, bettas that HAVE DIED! (Yes, I have seen many dead bettas still on display). Well, guess if your pet is already dead when you buy it, less chances for you to f... up!
What you, as a consumer, can do: