04 April 2011

Live animals being sold as key chains in China

When I was younger I was all about the latest fad – but this is one I think I would definitely have passed on.

Street traders in China are selling live animals enclosed in plastic pouches filled with colored water, on key chains. Yep folks, you too can watch an animal die every time you open the door to your house, or start your car. You can choose between a Brazilian turtle and a pair of kingfish and of course you can co-ordinate the color of the water to your favorite outfit. Nasty, huh? But wait, the water has added vitamins!

"The water in the key ring has 'nutrients'," claimed the vendor. "They can live for months inside there."

Which of course is useless if you die from a lack of oxygen in the meantime. Rightly this is causing quite a stir with animal welfare organizations, who are calling for an immediate ban on the deadly trinkets.

"To put a living thing inside a sealed and confined space for profit is immoral and pure animal abuse," said Qin Xiaona, director of the NGO Capital Animal Welfare Association.

Yet the sales are legal – apparently the turtles and fish do not come under the classification of wild animals, and China only has a law protecting wild animals. All the welfare groups can do at this time is ask people to not buy the key rings.

Source: Global Times

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. She has a gorgeous daughter in second grade who has been a vegetarian her whole life (lucky girl). Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

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