Unfortunately, the abuse of animals for entertainment continues despite numerous efforts to cease these practices- from placing them in circuses, riding on their backs to other countless ways, as humans, we’re constantly abusing them.
A shocking trend in China is a proof of this animal abuse- this has been present for some time now and it involves keeping live animals inside keychains and selling them as jewelry.
This problem has been reported by CNN back in 2011; however, nothing has changed since then and very little has been done to cease this cruel animal abuse.
Live Animals Stuck Inside Plastic Keychains
The street vendors can be seen selling these keychains with small fish, turtles, and other amphibians being placed inside while still alive.
These pouches cost around $1.50 and the animals are given scarce or no space to move around.
Allegedly, the vendors who sell these keychains claim that the pouches have colored oxygenated water which supplies the animals with nutrients.
But, the animals can only live for several days like this and will eventually die if the buyer doesn’t release them soon enough, something they’re not obliged to do.
The additional factor is the psychological torture being done on the animals that are trapped inside a living grave!
They’re trying to escape, but there’s nowhere to go- how sad and heartbreaking.
Consequently, in a cruel manner, the animals are left to die as they’re being depleted of oxygen and stop breathing.
Animal Rights Activists Are Outraged of This Horrendous Practice
This practice in China has long outraged animal rights activists in Asia, but elsewhere too.
A lot of them have emphasized the insufficient protection laws for animals in China which lead to the prevalence of such methods.
However, this doesn’t happen in China only.
Encrusting live beetles in precious jewels and wearing them as broaches is commonly done in Mexico.
The people who use these jewels attach them to their clothing using clothespin or chains.