Purchasing an unhealthy Betta can be disastrous

Please don't buy betta fish or support pet stores that sell betta fish.
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I can't say where all the distributors are for each of those retail chains, but I know my store (a PetSmart) has one of the better distributors amidst my company and our Bettas come from Utah. The distributor is a fishery and it appears as though they produce all of the fish that they sell.
There is a lot of misinformation out there about betta fish—mostly propagated by the pet stores that sell them. Let's start by getting the facts straight about bettas.
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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.
One of the most popular fish that we sell in local fish stores is the male Betta, or Siamese fighting fish, Betta splendens
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Years ago the only betta fish available at most fish stores were male, veil-tail bettas. Around 2004 female bettas began to grow in popularity and became more prevalent in U.S. pet stores. Customers began to recognize that while they had shorter fins, their color and personality were as vibrant and varied as their male counterparts. Within a year stores began to sell a proliferation of various fin-types too. More breeders were producing double-tail and crowntail bettas and selling them at the big box pet stores like and . Today, those same stores continue to sell a variety of betta types which now include delta and halfmoon bettas in some areas.We the undersigned are asking the Meijer Corporation to end sales of betta fish. These fish have somehow come to be conceptualized as decorative household fixtures instead of living creatures. PETA has referred to this misconception as a "fad" that is making "victims" of the fish. 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 care experts 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. (For detailed expert information, please see Marcus Song's published guide.)

We are deeply concerned that the Meijer Corporation is perpetuating the myths surrounding bettas and modeling inhumane treatment of these animals by displaying them in their stores in small plastic or glass containers. Further, Meijer is encouraging below-standard confinement by selling "tanks" such as those made by Penn-Plax which hold .2 gallons of water and are 5-1/2 inches wide by 4-inches across.
Please don't buy betta fish or support pet stores that sell betta fish.

I, personally belive that Bettas should STAY in the wild.
I am sending this to Petsmart to either or supply a food source and bigger tanks to betta owners. Betta fish are beautiful and found in many homes. If you're thinking of getting a betta, there are many things to consider. Figure out whether you want to get a betta from a pet store, breeder, or online seller. Always inspect your fish first to make sure it's healthy. You also want to get a betta that was raised in a clean, healthy environment. This increases the likelihood your fish will also be healthy.