It appears Walmart may be in an alliance with live fish wholesaler Quality Pets Inc, Spectrum Brands / United Pet Group, and Marineland Retail Services, who are responsible for ongoing willful and knowing neglect and abuse of fish in their stores. They may also be guilty of breaking foreign export laws of Puffer Fish.
The FDA has confirmed Puffers are lethal. They are surreptitious netted by the thousands from marshlands in an environment that is dwindling due to industry and pollution, with no species impact studies to date. Thailand law states that because of it's lethal poison, Puffer Fish are illegal to sell, or export.Quality Pets obtains Green Spotted Puffer Fish from poverty stricken area's in Thailand, where it is illegal to sell them. Puffers are passed hand to hand, sorted, sold, sorted again, bagged, boxed, and shipped to wholesaler Quality Pets, who stocks them at Walmart stores. There they suffer and die because Walmart follows Quality Pets instructions for feeding. Every Walmart adheres to a regimented policy of feeding puffer fish Tetra fish flakes. They do this regardless of the fact that fish flakes are not their natural diet. Puffers do not recognize it as food, waste away and die, lying in the uneaten flakes , on the bottom of the bare tanks. Puffers will eat live or frozen food. On rare occasions, a starved Puffer will resort to flakes, but because Puffers are carnivorous, they prefer the fins and tails of their tank mates, thus adding to their suffering, stress, disease and bacterial infections, and long excruciating death.