For the price you might expect to pay for some kitschy trinket, Chinese street vendors are selling live animals (turtles and kingfish), 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. 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.
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 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.
Let's tell the Chinese government that these torture/death trap keychains need to be illegal!
We can work together to stop animal cruelty and torture, and to start I am writing to ask if you will please sign my petition to tell the Chinese government that they need to make putting live turtles and king fish into permanently sealed keychains illegal. These keychains, which include the live animal and some colored water in a sealtight plastic container, are fastly growing in popularity. They are cruel and unnessecary, and someone must speak out for them since they cannot speak for themselves!
These keyring accessories are widely available and sold publicly in subway stations and on sidewalks. Vendors claim that the trapped creatures "can live for months inside there" because the water contains "nutrients," though veterinarians have already disputed this claim, Do you think it's right that these helpless animals live trapped and starving in peice of plastic in the dark of someone's pocketbook? I don't! Join me in telling the Chinese government that this needs to stop!
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