Not making light if this I am serious can we rescue them somehow??
Sure, if your in the local area you could pick them up or have them brought to you but if your not local the specific packaging needs might cause it to be less desirable to acutally give the fish a good home.
Its awful to think but most of america see fish as some lower form of life and if given the option of flushing vs spending $30 to ship a fish that they no longer want or can care for. What do you think would be the more popular method?