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The Country Where Animals Are Trapped And Sold as Key-chains – Alive!


In Beijing, amongst other places in China, for a measly $1.50 you are able to purchase a small plastic bag key-chain filled with either small fish or amphibians such as turtles.

We all know that China has a drastically different understanding as to how human beings should be treated. China appears to have no problem with the use of the death penalty, or using forced labour as a means of “re-educating” petty criminals. But unfortunately their unethical practices do not escape the rest of the animal kingdom either.
 The bags are filled with coloured, oxygenated water supposedly filled with nutrients which should allow for the animal to survive for a few days before people are instructed to set the animals are free. However, with the plastic bags being completely airtight, the animals will almost always die soon after they are sealed inside.

Naturally, of course, the selling of animals in such a cruel and inessential manner has caused animal rights activists to speak up against the issue. Animal Welfare Director of Animals Asia, David Neal said on the issue: “If a national animal protection law was enacted in China, such acts of Cruelty could be prevented and those who persist in causing harm and suffering to animals within their care could be prosecuted.

Naturally, of course, the selling of animals in such a cruel and inessential manner has caused animal rights activists to speak up against the issue. Animal Welfare Director of Animals Asia, David Neal said on the issue: “If a national animal protection law was enacted in China, such acts of Cruelty could be prevented and those who persist in causing harm and suffering to animals within their care could be prosecuted.

In addition to the ethical issues at hand, Neal also pointed out the potential human health risks involved in purchasing these animals. “Individuals should also be aware of the… risks associated with being in close contact with animals such as turtles [as they] frequently carry salmonella bacteria that can cause serious illness”

China’s treatment of animals has often been called into question. In their zoos, animals are often forced to live in poor conditions – far poorer than the conditions of the zoos of the Western world – whilst also forcing the animals to perform for members of the public. While equally, the Chinese are famous for their unusual culinary traditions which include cooking and/or eating live animals.

We, as tolerant people, accept the differences in the cultures found all around the world. But when a nation decides it’s acceptable for an animal to be trapped and sold in a small bag for nothing more than a fad, I am sure you’ll agree that is more than a little out of line.

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