Give Fish a Fighting Chance at a Pain-Free Life

Target: Raymond Svider, Executive Chairman of PetSmart

Goal: End the cruel practice of isolating Siamese fighting fish in small prisons for commercial gain.

Fish do not benefit from many of the protections afforded to other common pets like cats and dogs. The abuses committed against one of nature’s most beautiful fish often exceed even the worst cases of documented animal cruelty. Thanks to corporate greed, betta fish, or Siamese fighting fish, face an entire lifetime as captive ornaments.

These small living beings live in isolation and with extremely limited mobility in retail chains and pet stores nationwide. Due to misconceptions about the fish’s affinity for attacking other fish and its capabilities of surviving nutrient- and warmth-deprived environments, betta fish are put on display in plastic drinking cups or small vases. They must live in a setting containing nothing but scarce water. Often, they do not even have space to make a simple turn. Worse yet, they endure this existence until they are purchased… or until they succumb to their unforgiving environment.

Animal abuse should not be relegated to the most headline-grabbing and egregious acts of violence. Everyday neglect and mistreatment present a far more insidious and lasting threat to animal welfare causes around the world. Licensed pet dealers should meet the most humane standards for treatment.

Sign this petition and demand that PetSmart Executive Chairman Raymond Svider set a positive standard for all pet sellers by improving housing and care for betta fish. Otherwise, PetSmart must stop exploiting these animals and halt all sales immediately.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Chairman Svider,

As a leader of the pet retail industry, PetSmart holds an important responsibility in setting guidelines that reflect humane treatment for all pets. Yet at many of your outlets, some of the smallest and most vulnerable animals are put on cruel display and deprived of the most fundamental comforts and necessities.

In spite of their reputations, betta fish can coexist with other fish (even their own kind) given the proper conditions. Further, these conditions must include a nourishing environment that ensures the nutrients and warm temperatures that betta fish need to survive.

End the practice of imprisoning these fish in small cups where they are deprived of a cruelty- and pain-free life. If your outlets cannot provide the proper conditions for your potential pets’ well-being, then please cease their sale altogether. Demonstrate that you are an advocate and champion of all animals.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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5 Comments

  1. Horrible conditions! Horrible life! No where to go! Nothing to do! How would you like it? It’s just sickening how all animals must suffer so a human can make a buck!

  2. I often see dead betas in tiny cups that are dirty, so little water that their bodies show on top. To get out of cleaning the dirty cups, employees put those in the back of the display. I once brought up 8 cups to the register,all with dead betas and the idiot clerk started to ring them up as a purchase. So many die at the stores and thru shipment, but the fish department is their money making department. No store should carry betas, period. Its inhumane.If I see the dead betas after 5 minutes in the store, then what are the employees really doing that they dont see them….ooops, they are ignoring them, too much trouble to work for their paycheck.

  3. SHAME ON THE EXECECTUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF PET SMART…..HE SHOULD KNOW BETTER!!!
    I WILL NOT spend anymore of my money in a PETSMART STORE UNTIL THE ABUSE OF ANY ANIMAL COMES TO AN END FOR GOOD. NO MATTER HOW SMALL A CREATURE IS THEY ALL CAN FEEL,THEY CAN FEAR AND RHEY CAN SUFFER….WE HUMANS MUST TAKE CARE OF THEM….NO MORE ABUSE OF ANY KIND.

  4. Nooshin Perla says:

    Every time I go to the pet store, and see these babies in those small little glass jar I want to cry and, want to scream at the people in store, to say something about these sad sad situations.People what do you have in your head instead of brain??????????? How do you like to be in there place??My God STOP these cruelty. How much longer we the people who cares should cry for innocent animals getting tortured.

  5. Barton Dixon says:

    “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” St. Francis of Assisi

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