Living Animals as Key Chains

Animal Cruelty a Fashion Accessory?

A new Chinese so-called Fashion trend is shocking animal activists from all over the world.
Small water animals are being sold as key chains, amulets and other jewelry. An online community petition is now trying to end this cruel treatment of the animals.
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Photographer: Cindy Schünemann · Copyright: Tell It's Green

Turtles, Salamanders and Goldfish

Colorful plastic bags that you can clip to your key or your bag as an accessory may already seem a little bit odd. But this Chinese fashion trend is more than shocking. Living water animals like turtles, salamanders or goldfish are being held in these little plastic bags, filled with only a drop of water, oxygen and a liquid nutrient that supposedly keeps the animals alive for about two months. The lack of oxygen, however, probably lets them suffocate a lot earlier.

 

Petition to Stop this Cruelty

An online community petition platform called Avaaz has started to collect signatures against this despicable treatment of the animals. Their goal is to get one million signatures that will then be handed over to the Chinese Government by the United Nations. The hope is to force the Chinese Government to stop the selling of these accessories immediately. As of October the 30th, 639,090 people have already signed the petition, and the number is steadily growing since the awareness for the case is rising within social networks. If you want to stop this, just go to Avaaz, leave your name, your country and your e-mail address and you are one step closer to ending the cruel treatment of 

31.10.2013 · 14:41 · Author: Sandra Redlich · Category: Lifestyle
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