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Scandal in China: living animals as a key ring


This form of cruelty to animals is hard to put into words: in China key rings containing living animals were probably in fashion for a while. The turtles, lizards and fish caught in a plastic bag die miserably after only a few days. However, it cannot be said with certainty whether this cruel animal trend is still up to date.

Some people keep coming up with new and pretty frightening things at the expense of poor and innocent animals to get some money. In China, special key rings with tiny living animals are said to have been the latest craze until 2013. Are you crazy? Many animal rights activists have long criticized China as a country in which animal welfare is of little importance.

The small animals die miserably after only a few days

The animals are bred especially for the incredibly cruel "utilization" as a key ring. This was scandalously prohibited in China, at least in 2013. At that time there was only a protection law for wild animals. For the key fobs, small turtles, fish and lizards are put in airtight, welded plastic bags.

The water in the bags is said to have nutrients added so that the animals can last at least a few days. Ultimately, the animals suffocate because the oxygen is used up quickly. There should be "dissolved oxygen" in the liquids, but since water consists of oxygen and hydrogen anyway, it can simply be a misleading marketing slogan.

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Petition should enforce ban

The disgusting key rings quickly called for animal rights activists. On change.org, supporters of a ban signed an online petition against cruelty to animals. Almost 118,000 signatures were collected, so that the protest was passed on to the Chinese government.

Current status 2016: situation uncertain

If you research the current situation in China using the key fobs that contain living animals, you will not find any clear answers as to whether these disgusting "good luck charms" still exist or whether they have been banned in the meantime. Some report that there are still flying traders who sell barbarian souvenirs in front of sights and in well-visited places. But there are also dissenting voices saying that this cruel cruelty to animals is no longer permitted and that they have not yet seen such "souvenirs" in China. The mass protests and petitions on the Internet may have been successful. I would hope so.