Shocking In China – Live Animals Sold As Keychains And Necklaces.
For years in China these keychains and trinkets have been sold: small plastic bags with trapped live turtles, snakes, salamanders or frogs! Small animals float together with tiny plastic decorations in a brightly colored liquid, and can hardly move. Live Pets In China Sold As Keychains.
The international news media, CNN, reported the case in 2011, and there has been little progress since in banning this barbarity.
Beijing and many other metropolises in this Asian country sell these keychains and accessories to the tourists for around $1.50 each.
The bag contains oxygen and crystallized nutrients which allow the animals to live for a short time, according to a seller of these keychains at the exit of a Beijing subway station.
He said the animals could live for days, but also cautioned that they should be released from the bag as soon as they run out of food, or else they will suffocate.
The keychains, used in different Asian countries, have become a staple of style in China. Live fish, tortoises, and other amphibians retail for $1.50 and people are actually buying them.
In addition to the small amount of water in the small plastic bottle, crystallized oxygen is also applied to ensure the animal stays alive for a few months and allows its owners the ‘entertainment’ of watching a helpless animal struggle for their life in a confined space before it eventually dies.
PETA also spoke on the matter and denounced the act. They’re a kind of gross violence, Lyndsey Wright of PETA said.
‘These key chains offer no way to feed the animals and no way to breathe. Fish and reptiles, all like to breathe oxygen. Regardless of what these vendors tell people about the water, these animals are expected to die within days, if not hours, after people take them home’.
This is how the Live Animals Sold As Keychains in China
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