No, this isn’t an early April Fool’s prank.
Vendors in China are selling “keychains” that are actually small, plastic baggies with live turtles or fish sealed inside along with a “nutrient rich” solution meant to keep the critters alive for an extended period of time. In reality, they die rather quickly due to lack of oxygen.
Believe it or not, these keychains, which vendors hawk near the entrances of subways, are legal in China, which is known for its lax animal-protection laws.
And if you aren’t already aghast, get ready, because this story takes and even darker turn.
Rumor has it that once the fish or turtles die, they’re usually enjoyed as a quick snack. The preparation? A mere 15 seconds in the microwave. The most popular serving suggestion? An ice-cold beer.
Thanks, but no thanks. We’ll stick to bar nuts, popcorn and pizza.
RYOT NOTE: Gross — and we’re not just talking about eating these animals. The practice of suffocating live animals in plastic baggies in order to sell keychains is deplorable. When it comes to cases like these, there’s one organization that is leading the way in raising awareness for animal cruelty. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals may use radical tactics, but they do so to bring awareness to issues like these. Check them out, and if you like what you see, consider donating, or sharing this story.