When, for the first time, the keychains with live animals were reported years ago, many thought that they were fakenews. But it is true!
Seven years after CNN first reported it and sparked a global protest by animal welfare organizations, The Star Online spotted a street vendor who traded in a “live animal key chain” tourism market for 15 to 20 yuan ($ 3.10 to $ 4.10 sold).
In the small plastic bags were baby turtles, fish and salamanders filled with oxygen-enriched water and colored in bright fluorescent colors. There is also a single pellet in a plastic bag that feeds the animal. The animals can only move in confined spaces, but have no room to turn around. With a string attached to a plastic wrap, they can be attached to keys, bags or cell phones.
According to the description, the animals in the bags do not have to be fed for three months!!
Ecohydrology professor Sam Walton says: “There might be enough oxygen and food in the plastic wrap, but the animal waste from digestion and respiration is toxic and will kill them. They basically poison themselves with ammonia, and even painfully. The temperature shock and the physical shock, when they are shaken, causes that the animals be killed soon” he explains.
As “animal cruelty” accused Walton these souvenirs.
Xiamen, a coastal city in southeastern China, is one of China’s five special economic zones, with many major shopping malls selling all kinds of goods, including home appliances, fashion, gold and silver jewelry, jade items, art and antiques. But there are also souvenirs of all kinds, not just the “key chain” with live animals.
For children, there are small so-called plastic containers with living animals such as turtles. These turtles spend their lives in tiny containers. Children love them!!
Large specimens of such animals are also eaten in China. Tens of thousands of dollars pay Chinese for turtles, which are threatened worldwide, because they should increase their potency!
If a national animal welfare law were enacted, such things could not be sold. Rather, people who violate this law would be punished. There is no animal welfare in China and so there is no way to tackle the sellers, and even more the key fob producers.
My comment: China discovered a few years ago the business of tourism and the consumption rush.
And so they see tourism as a lucrative source of income, and eating meat means a high standard of live for them. In China, the more exotic the animal food, the better.
China’s tourism revenues totaled $ 832 billion in 2017.
For this purpose, the tourism industry knows no moral limit in relation to animals.
It is high time that some enlightened animal rights activists ensure that the country adopts an animal welfare law.
My best regards to all, Venus