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Live Animals Are Being Trapped Inside Plastic Keychains And Sold For $1.50

Live Animals Are Being Trapped Inside Plastic Keychains And Sold For $1.50

These live animals are stuck inside bags containing crystallized oxygen and nutrients, due to which they were able to survive, that too for days in these situations.

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If you wanted to add a colorful trinket to your phone or keys, then that's completely possible. However, in China, people are selling small fish, young Chinese soft-shell turtles, and other tiny amphibians, enclosed in little plastic pouches filled with colored water. This was initially reported by CNN in 2011. These live animal trinkets included tiny amphibians being put into bags containing crystallized oxygen and nutrients, due to which they were able to survive, that too for days in these situations. Still, when the air ran out, they had to be freed.



 

 

“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,” Dr. Sam Walton, a former research lecturer at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, told The Star Online. “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.”



 

 

These obnoxious trinkets first made their appearance during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but it's still being sold. Imagine, these animals are sealed in tiny plastic bags with just enough oxygen for them to survive a few days. This is not how animals should be treated. Qin Xiaona, director of the NGO Capital Animal Welfare Association said that these keychains were still legal because only wild animals are protected in China, and unfortunately, these animals do not fall under that classification.



 

 

“China only has a Wild Animal Protection Law. If the animals are not wild animals they fall outside the law’s scope,” Qin explained. Laura Deegear He wrote: "I’ve seen this personally when I lived in China: softshell turtles, Red-eared sliders, salamanders, fish, and more. They put a few pellets of food in the bag and the seller I spoke to said they would live 1-2 weeks. Until we address the larger problem of poverty, these street sellers will continue to do whatever they can do feed their families. The same street seller told me that he bought the animals for a few dollars and hoped to make $10 from selling them so he could buy fresh produce for his sick wife."



 

 

Terry Graham wrote: "All humans need to die. No other life form benefits from our existing on this planet. All we do is kill and destroy everything. We are the worst creation ever. Very sad."

Nikki Kat Lee added: "this is just stupid besides horrifying. it doesn't even look cool to have a baggy hanging from your phone or keys. it might as well be full of turds in a bag of pee because you can't see what it is unless you're holding it. sorry if that's gross to you, but so is this. wtf people."



 

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