Official IBC Code of Ethics

code-in-ethicsIBC members welcome everyone who is interested in bettas, whether new at owning and/or raising betta or an old pro who has raised thousands.  The IBC feels there is room for all betta enthusiasts, young or old, new or experienced, individuals, families, team or commercial breeder.

The IBC is a club of individuals, families, teams, and commercial breeders who support the keeping, breeding, and or the showing of betta bred by members, the research into the genetics of the betta, and support of the preservation of the wild species through the Species Maintenance Program.

It is the policy of the IBC that members who sell, trade or give bettas to others must represent the description of the betta in a proper manner so as to assure that the buyers, consumers or recipients are not misled.  An intentional misrepresentation would be a violation of the IBC policy and Code of Ethics.

Moreover, it is the policy of the IBC that when bettas are entered in a show, the fish should be raised and bred by the entrant or exhibitor unless clearly stated otherwise.  Failure to comply with this policy would be contrary to the IBC Code of the Ethics.

The IBC does not participate in the fighting of fish for any reason and does not condone the fighting of bettas by others; nor does it support any individual or organization that does.

The International Betta Congress expects all members to conduct transactions with all parties in a responsible, fair and ethical manner in all business dealing concerning the purchase and sale of betta stock and supplies.  While we hope that all disputes be amicably resolved among the parties, the Congress, however, is not an enforcement agency for the transaction of betta stock and/or supplies nor can the IBC mediate disputes involving members or any individuals over said transactions.

In the interest of fairness, the IBC does not endorse individual business enterprises and does not allow the promotion of those enterprises in posts on the IBC weblist, whether they are personal testimonials or commercial advertisements.

The IBC believes that if all members abide by these simple guidelines we will have a happy, fun and stimulating club.