Many people in other parts of the world are horrified by a strange trend that has caught on in China. Animal rights activists are agitated that people in China keep live fish, turtles, and other amphibians as keepsakes on their keychains. These charms are just small plastic bags with enough water for the animal to stay alive. The bag also has a small number of oxygen crystals and other food for the animals to keep them alive. But the creature is locked up in a small cage so that its owner can play with it. The animals can only live in their tiny cages for a short time, so if the owner wants their pet to live, they must cut it out of the plastic. Not everyone does this, which is a shame. Some people leave the animals alone until they die and then throw them away.
Strange souvenirs like these are often sold for as little as $1.50 outside train and subway stations. Captain Planet took the picture (All Photos). Director of the NGO Capital Animal Welfare Association Qin Xiaona said that these keychains were still legal because only wild animals in China are protected, and these animals are not wild. “China only has a law about protecting wild animals. If the animals are not wild, they are not covered by the law,” Qin said. Over 1 million people have signed a petition to stop selling these disturbing souvenirs. Snopes says that these strange keychains first came out on the market in 2012 or 2013. But PETA and other groups say that these products have been around since 2008. when they were sold to tourists who came to watch the Olympics. The fact-checking website also said that it’s hard to know how common these keychains are in the country by just reading many news stories.