Live Animals Are Being Stuck Inside Tiny Plastic Keychains In China And Sold As Jewelry

There are many different ways that humans have abused animals for their entertainment. From putting them in circuses, to riding on their backs for entertainment, we have come up with countless ways to use animals for our amusement at their expense.

However, it has recently been revealed that a shocking trend in China has taken this to a new level, and it’s been going on for years. Keeping live animals in key chains as jewelry.

Vendors in China have been selling live animal keychains for years: small plastic bubbles containing trapped turtles, fish, salamanders and frogs.

  This is an issue that CNN reported on back in 2011, however, the trend has still been going strong ever since, and little has been done to stop it.

They found that small fish, turtles, and other amphibians are being sold in small, plastic pouches by street vendors while they are still alive.

One of these live animal-filled pouches costs only around $1.50 and provides the animal with just barely enough room to squirm around.

  According to the vendors selling these “trinkets”, the pouches are filled with a clear or colored oxygenated water that provides the animals with nutrients.

However, the animals can only survive in a few days in the pouch and will die if the customer does not release it early enough, something that they are not obligated to do.

  These live animal pouches have caused outrage among animal activists in Asia and worldwide. Many of them have pointed towards the lack of animal protection laws in China to be the reason this is so prevalent.

Unfortunately it's not the first time animals have featured in unusual fashion trends. In South America, living beetles are covered in gems and worn as brooches. And earlier this year, a watch company unveiled a watch filled with live ants; after receiving widespread public backlash, the company said it was an early April Fool's joke.

You can watch a video of the desperate little keychain animals below.

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