Chinese street vendors are selling keyring accessories containing live animals that are widely available and sold publicly 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.
As the cruel trinkets continue to gain in popularity, animal rights supporters are opposing the inhumane treatment of the animals. Even some right-thinking passersby are trying to do their part in saving the animals’ lives by buying and freeing them.
What’s sad is, despite the fact that the selling of animals as keyring ornaments is a clear-cut case of animal cruelty, it is actually legal in China.
This piece of news reminds me of the Philippine mayas that are caught, dyed, kept in small cages and sold as toys to small kids. I’m not sure if that’s still being done back home but I hope that they leave the poor animals alone.