Stop the Sale of Betta Fish in Small Cups

Stop the Sale of Betta Fish in Small Cups

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Jordon Byrd started this petition to Walmart and

Selling Betta Fish in small cups is not only inhumane, but detrimental to the health of the fish. This environment fosters depression and sickness, as well as a greatly decreased life span-- this species can live up to 6 years when on average, fish bought from these poor conditions last months or even weeks.

These fish are tropical, and can be found in nature living in rice paddies or slow moving, shallow streams. This is certainly no warrant for keeping these precious animals in cups where there is no air flow, dirty water, and no space for them to swim around energetically and grow like they would in a tank. They need space to allow their beautiful and colorful fins to flow, otherwise they could develop fin rot, which can be fatal and/or lead to lethargy in the fish. It also misguides the buyer into believing Bettas can live in measly half gallon tanks when in reality, they need 2.5-5 gal aquariums to thrive!

We urge large chain stores such as Walmart, PetCo, and PetSmart to stop the sale of Bettas in small cups, and instead invest in 1-3 gallon tanks for them to live before the owner is encouraged to purchase a tank that is suitable for Betta living. Not only will this promote a better understanding of the care these fish need, but most importantly it allows the Betta to be kept in humane conditions where they have a much larger potential to thrive.

Thank you.

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