Stand-up Against Betta Fighting on April 10!

April 10 is ASPCA Day.
Go orange for animals!

Here’s a message from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

“On April 10th 2007, the ASPCA will be celebrating ‘ASPCA Day’ and encouraging animal lovers nationwide to ‘Go Orange for Animals’. In our hometown of New York City, many Big Apple buildings will be lighting up in orange—the official ASPCA color—on our birthday, April 10th. Other big cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin and Philadelphia, will be going orange, too.

But we can’t forget the most important participants of all. Without the support of animal lovers like you, we wouldn’t still be the oldest humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Please join us in celebrating the work that we do and the animals that we serve by ‘Going Orange for Animals’ on April 10th.

To get you started, we’ve provided the following ideas on how you can ‘Go Orange’ in your city, town, classroom or community for animals on April 10. Whether you organize a pet parade in your community, petition to get your town hall to light up orange, or decorate your office door with an orange bow, we thank you.”


A message from Nippyfish:

Just like dogs and cats, Bettas are commonly victims of animal cruelty. Betta fighting is becoming increasingly more popular in Europe, North America and Australia, where they are more commonly protected under animal fighting and cruelty statutes. An activity that was relatively unknown just a decade ago is being perpetuated by video and imagery posted on online websites like, which are being flooded with these videos faster then their staff can remove them.

Pet store bettas are most commonly bred for their ornamental qualities with an emphasis on beautiful finnage and bright coloration. These fish, having not been bred for fighting, suffer immensely when paired against each other. The fights are brutal and the death of one or both fish is commonplace. Many die after the fight from wounds or secondary infections brought on after days of suffering. It’s not uncommon for fish to be purchased, fought and discarded after the fight. Most commonly documenting their fights are high school and college-age boys but Betta fights are gaining in popularity even among middle school age children. Most betta fighters will never be caught but those that are could face severe consequences. In many U.S. states, for example, fish are protected under the same fighting laws as pit bulls where fight organizers may be charged with a felony and fines over $25,000. Spectators, advertisers or those providing equipment or venues (parents of these kids) can be faced with misdemeanor charges and fines in many locations as well.

One question remains. Has anyone ever been charged or convicted of fish fighting? Truthfully, I doubt it but I have written the Director of Humane Law Enforcement at the Washington Humane Society in Washington, DC and am awaiting a reply. As soon as I hear back, I will post an update.

In the mean time… Let your voice be heard and stand up against animal cruelty and Betta fighting by wearing orange or displaying an orange light at your home or office on April 10.

For more information on how to go orange, visit the ASPCA Day link.

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Christie F is a Betta splendens hobbyist that enjoys spending time caring for her fish and helping new betta keepers learn the ropes. More posts by:

7 Comments for this entry

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Christy,

    I absolutely support this effort to prevent animal cruelty! My sister used to work at a pet shop and high school kids would go to the fish area, take off the betta cup lids and fight them in the store! Even the manager can’t keep up with these kids, especially during summer. Luckily, he is a good man and treats the wounded bettas right away until they are nursed back to health.

  2. Christie says:

    Thanks so much for your support!!!

  3. ryan says:

    i don’t support animal abuse i would never hit a dog or cat. but i don’t think you tree hugger have it right. whats next are you going to go after exterminators for killing cockroaches? fish like this were breed for a specific reason.

    final thoughts, grow up and
    have a hamburger

  4. Marni says:

    Ryan, you are an idiot. They are not bred to fight. They are bred for their color and finnage. Pit bulls are bred to fight, but the practice is still disgusting and cruel.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I just got into bettas a few months ago, and some of my females fight sometimes, but I always cure them if they are severely injured. Also ornamental fish arn't ment to fight. They are ment to be taken care of. Short fin fighters are bred to fight, but it is still cruel. Watching them flare is fun, but fighting for entertainment is wrong. In fact, I adore bettas so much, my life revolves around them, I support this act against cruelty. To that ryan guy, you are the biggest moron on the planet. I am 12, and I love bettas and hate abusive people to them. Gotta go change my bettas fish jars.

  6. ryan says:

    ok what i want to say is fish are like plants. grow up. fighting them is better then makeing them look at your face every day. you are going to come home and find a merder suicide in your little jar. i have a 50 gal tank and i love my fish. but if it came down to it i would flush them just to see you cry.

  7. ryan says:

    I’m just joking. That was rude of me. Fighting fish is wrong. I have never nor will I ever fight any living thing. I do how ever know A LITTLE about beta and they were bred for fighting. The ones you find foe 3 dollars at the pet store are just for show. They are the inbred fake bettas that people think are fancy nut they are in fact the ugliest weakest of the gene pool. Have you ever seen a true betta? They are beautiful creatures; they are the great whites of the small fish. They can take down a fish 4 times their own size. And if you really care about your fish take them out of the jar and put them in a tank. Could you imagine being stuck in a closet for years…oh ya I guess you would!

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