Urge Walmart to Get Out of the Fish Business

Target: Walmart CEO Michael Duke

Goal: Tell Walmart CEO to stop selling live fish in stores where employees are not qualified to care for and maintain them.

Finding live animals for sale in department stores was a common practice decades ago but many stores have stopped stocking live fish and birds because the loss of inventory due to improper handling by inexperienced employees significantly reduced the profitability of their pet trade.

While there has been a decline in full scale fish departments in Walmart stores, many locations under the Walmart umbrella continue to stock aquarium fish, beta fish and even African dwarf frogs in their pet supply department.

Walmart employees are not trained or qualified to care for these animals that are too often unpacked and abandoned on the store shelves in small containers of stagnant, evaporating water. In one case, a Walmart employee intentionally placed two male beta fish together in a small plastic container to watch them fight to the death.  Another Walmart employee stated that the fish come in to the stores sick, injured, or dying because Walmart refuses to pay reputable wholesalers for healthy fish.

Customer complaints regarding their local Walmart stores are abundant and seem to fall upon deaf ears. Please join me in asking Michael Duke, CEO of Walmart to take accountability for the cruel and neglectful keeping of live animals in his stores. It’s time for Walmart to remove itself from the pet trade.


Dear Michael Duke, CEO of Walmart,

I ask that you please consider eliminating the sale of live aquatic animals in all Walmart locations. The condition in which these animals are forced to live in many of your stores is nothing short of animal cruelty.

It’s impossible to imagine that these animals provide your stores with any significant profit as their weakened health and short life expectancy are bound to lead to a poor customer experience, bad press, and many refunds.

Please do the right thing for your customers and these animals by removing them from your shelves immediately.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. peggy thomas peggy thomas says:

    Thank you for also taking action for the fish. I am advocating for the Puffer Fish. Because of their poison Texodotoxin, I have successfully removed the from the entire SF Bay Area. I have interviewed and researched why Walmart sells live fish, and its a huge multi corporate conspiracy to target impulse and sympathy sales. thats why the tanks are dirty and the fish die. the aquarium kits AQUA TECH and AQUA CULTURE ARE WALMART’S BRAND. Walmart knows exactly what its doing and stopping all fish sales is next to impossible. tho i still try.
    I hope you can join me in my efforts to ask Walmart to spare the “Wet Puppies” of walmart.
    Thank you!

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