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Lyarlla
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Heya everyone,

I've been having a lovely discussion with someone who is convinced that putting two fighter betta in a bowl and letting them kill each other is just "nature" since in the wild betta must "fight for their lives" (which I'm absolutely disgusted with).

I know selective breeding by Thai farmers centuries ago and over time has made betta more aggressive, but there is so much bad info out there on this topic that I want to get it right. Can anyone give me more info on this and how betta came to be "fought"?

Cheers,

Lyalla

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http://www.bettatalk.com/betta_history.htm

http://bettasfighter.com/about-bettas-figh...sh-history.html

http://www.bettafishcenter.com/Betta-Origins.shtml

Most stories if the past seem to match up, but that could just be the wonder of internet research. ;) I expect the motivating factor was entertainment, as it is with most animal fights, and the fish was chosen because it was readily available, free, and had a natural tendency towards aggression.

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The argument that you're looking for is not that bettas have been selectively bred to fight, but that it's unnatural for them to be forced to fight. Generally I find that people who hold a strong enough idea to want to argue with me are probably not worth arguing with. I think you should just say to your soon-to-be ex-friend that it's illegal to fight any animals in Australia including bettas, dogs, roosters. And tell him you're going to dob him in.

Edited by Bettarazzi
deleted my own double post!
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