Plastic Keychains with Living animals sealed inside including turtles, lizards and gold-fish are still being sold in China despite worldwide condemnation of the cruel ‘souvenir’
Chinese Merchants are selling living animals sealed inside Plastic pouches pumped with a limited supply of oxygen and nutrients. The keychains are found to be sold near busy subways and markets for 20 yuan ($4.20).
The ‘pet keychains’ are sold with a variety of amphibians and sea animals including frogs, turtles, fish, lizards and salamanders.
Although the animals are sealed inside plastic pouches full of oxygenated water and nutrients, they are very likely to die within a few days from ammonia poisoning if left trapped inside.
There have been numerous reports of animals dying inside the pouches with one vendor saying “these animals need to be cut free within a couple of days if they are to survive”.
Although the animals have 3 months worth of food pellets, Ecohydrology professor and former research lecturer at the Malaysian Terengganu University Sam Walton said “There might be enough oxygen and food in the plastic casing but the animal waste from digestion and respiration is toxic and will kill them. They essentially poison themselves with ammonia”.
“Aquatic animals are very sensitive to temperature fluctuations so being in a bag is like being in a greenhouse. The temperature shock and physical shock of being shaken around will probably kill the animals before anything else,” Professor Walton further stated.
Animal rights activists have called the unnecessary keychains cruel, as animals are taken out of their environment to be sealed up and put on display only to be sold to uninformed consumers, usually young children and teenagers.
In recent years animal activism has been on the rise in China as hundreds of rescue groups have been founded with a focus on rescuing cats and dogs from the meat trade.
A Petition asking the Chinese Ambassador to ban the cruel keychains from being sold has gained over 920,000 signatures.