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Live Animals being sold as Keyrings

Tutle keychain

by Stephen Messenger, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Via TreeHugger
Keyring ornaments are perhaps the most useless item you’ll ever carry in your pocket or stuff in your purse — but now, thanks to an increasingly popular item being sold in China, it can easily be the cruelest, too. For the price you might expect to pay for some kitschy trinket, Chinese street vendors are selling live animals, permanently sealed in a small plastic pouch where they can survive for a short while as someone’s conversation piece. Apparently, these unimaginably inhumane keyrings are actually quite popular — and worst of all, it’s totally legal.

According to The Global Times, these keyring accessories containing live animals are widely available and sold publicly in subway stations and on sidewalks. Potential buyers (read as animal-abusers) have the choice between a living Brazil turtle or two small kingfish, sealed in an airtight package along with some colored water. One vendor claimed that the trapped creatures “can live for months inside there” because the water contains “nutrients,” though veterinarians have already disputed this claim.

Read more at TreeHugger


9 responses

  1. Ok, a little melodramic at the end, but good overall.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:47 pm

  2. Though I couldn’t care less about things like this going on compared to real suffering such as anything that involves human suffering, I find it pretty twisted. I’d support banning such things though really I think they can just be ridiculed out of existence if you ask me.

    What the hell was with that last paragraph? This almost changes my mind completely, They are fish and turtles they do not comprehend such things their thoughts are merely impulse, “Im gonna eat, I’m gonna shit, I’m gonna swim.” These are not human babies…Fetus key-chains coming soon.

    I don’t see it that much difference then when I pick a lobster out of a crowded aquarium to boil, butter up, and eat.

    Nice article though and that customer, how stupid can you get.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm

  3. This is a straight-up copy of an article on another news source with no attribution what-so-ever. Why?

    I’m not sure of the original article, but I first read it here: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/03/live-animals-being-sold-as-keyrings-in-china.php

    April 4, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    • Anonymous

      This was submited by a user. We verified the content at attempted to verify the origins. At the time it was submitted, we were unable to find the TreeHugger version. This has since been propperly attributed and linked to the article on TreeHugger’s website.

      We have now changed the submission form to indicate copyright origin.

      April 5, 2011 at 4:42 am

  4. This is pretty messed up. Whether it’s “Just a fish/turtle” it’s still alive and living in a sleeping bag, gasping for air. I couldn’t imagine anyone actually buying one to hang it in their office… I didn’t know dead baby turtles in plastic bags full of colored water brought “goodluck”.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:01 am

  5. Murkrowzy

    so i can have a tiny baby dog fetus for a keychain now?

    im gonna be honest here, & this is what i would do: buy as many of those keychains i can buy, cut open the bags & put them animals into real tanks where the animal can roam freely. that turtle needs oxygen! so do those fish with the help of plants! i dont care if my money goes to a dumbass, im saving those animals from a tiny plastic death! then i can sue the company or whoever for animal cruelty. D:< (save animals now, sue the vendors asses later).

    how would you like to be a tiny plastic bag, then be helplessly dangled around on a keychain, tossed into a bag & let to die? youd try to escape, but alas, that permanent seal keeps you in there.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:48 am

    • A lot of people have said the same thing Murkrowzy, the problem is if you buy them, than sellers will see it as a justification for conducting this cruel business. If they earn money from people wanting to release them, that only gives them more incentive to keep on putting them in bags. I’m sure you can see the dilemma.

      Thus in the absence of the Chinese government doing anything about these keychains, the only way to stop this trade is to ensure there is no demand for it and thus they will stop supplying it. Basic economics. And sadly that means those current in the bags would have to suffer a martyr’s death.

      April 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

  6. This fad is ridiculous. And to the people who are buying them to free the animals…this is not helping! The vendors are still making money!

    April 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm

  7. Spacepixel

    Isnt it a tad ironic to call something as bad as this “inhumane”?
    This seems to me like regular human behavior ~.~

    April 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm

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