Vendors In China Are Selling Live Animals As Keychains!
Small fish, turtles, salamanders and frogs trapped in plastic bubbles are being sold in China as live animal keychains. This bizarre souvenir gives the phrase pocket pets a new meaning.
CNN was the first to report this case back in 2011. According to their report, the little animals are trapped in brightly colored liquid, often along with beads and different decorations, and are barely able to move.
The plastic bubbles supposedly contain oxygen and nutrients that can keep them alive for a few days.
Of course, the live keychains have been condemned by animal activists as unnaturally cruel, because the animals inevitably die once their oxygen wears off.
In the best case scenario, the animals are freed from their prisons and end up as pets to people who aren’t prepared to care for them.
This is an example of such a keychain, where you can see a turtle spinning around and trying to escape.
You can watch a video of the desperate animals below: