05-14-2007, 04:32 PM
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but let me ask you this, and you may consider it two different issues, but if it is about animal health, why do people breed bettas with long fins. isnt this almost like hybreds. they dont occur in the wild and in a sense it harms the animal as the long fins hinder their swimming ablities. So again i consider them very closly related issues.
This is a very good point!
I'm not sure how I feel about hybrids TBH. Dying is another issue completely but hybrids...
Pretty much all fish are hybrids to an extent. Through evolution fish ahve bred with others in the wild and created the species we have today. The difference here though, is that through evolution as I said, nature has weeded out any "imperfect" fish and species before they became a well populated and recognised species. When hybrids are created by humans, this does not occur, and so we end up with fish that can't properly function. If however the fish is fully functioning then I see no real issue however as we "play god" there is no way of telling exactly what would happen, so we should probably leave it well alone.
Once the fish are brought into this world however, through whatever means, they deserve to be treated with respect and care. Just because a fish has been so unfortunate as to have been created and therefore have whatever deformations that it might have, doesn't mean it doesn't deserve a good home. The problem here thoguh is that by purchasing the fish, you are continuing the trade.
There is no good and fair solution!