If a dog was kept in a tiny cage for weeks, a cage that was never once cleaned and not nearly big enough, the owner would be charged with animal abuse. Sadly the same thing is happening to the Betta Fish put up for sale at your local Walmart.
Bettas are beautiful fish, but like any other animal on earth, they need to be properly taken care of. I've seen Walmart Bettas with fin rot, fungus and even dropsy. They are left in plastic cups for weeks or months without ever having their water changed. Some can't handle the small space and begin biting their fins until there is nothing left.
This morning I found myself by the Walmart Bettas again. This time, two had finally died from the horrid conditions they were forced to live in. Their water was so yellow and murky, it was hard to see them at all.
This has to stop.
Walmart isn't going to improve the condition of these fish, so I propose this petition to ban their sale altogether. Walmart can't possibly be making enough money off these beautiful fish when customers are too disgusted and appalled by the water and filth to realize there is a creature inside that deserves a good home.
Help me stop Walmart's sale of Betta Fish, and end their neglect and abuse inside these big box stores.
A friend of mine made a compelling video emphasizing the horrendous conditions these beautiful fish face every single day.