Live Animals Are Being Sold As Trinkets In Tiny Plastic Keychains
There are many disgusting examples of the use and abuse of animals for entertainment and commercial use all over the world. But in China, animal cruelty goes to a whole different level of disgust. Every year, approximately 10 million animals are killed for various reasons in the country. Of course, it’s not new that innocent animals are slowly tortured, beaten to death, or boiled alive. Some animals are used for their fur and often sold and shipped to other countries for use in clothing, while other creatures are slaughtered to be placed on restaurants’ menus. Now it seems that China has taken animal cruelty to a new level with killing live animals and using them as trophy trinkets.
This horror was first reported by CNN in 2011. They found that small fish, turtles, and other species were being – and continue to be – suspended in brightly-colored liquid, often along with beads and other decorations and sold in small, plastic pouches by street vendors while they are still alive. These small plastic pouches give animals very little rooms to squirm around and cost only around $1.50. Since the issue was first exposed, very little has been done to stop it and the trend continues.
According to the vendors selling these “trinkets”, the pouches are filled with clear or colored oxygenated water that provides animals with nutrients. However, the animals can survive only for few days in the pouch and will die if the customer does not release it.
Despite the existence of wildlife protection laws in China, more and more people in China and international communities are concerned about the level of protection that animals receive.