Live Animals Kept Inside Keyrings.

“For hundreds of thousands of years the stew in the pot has brewed hatred and resentment that is difficult to stop. If you wish to know why there are disasters of armies and weapons in the world, listen to the piteous cries from the slaughter house at midnight.”
Ancient Chinese verse

Living animals such as fish, tiny lizards and small turtles sealed in plastic keychains are sold across China. These are considered by the Chinese as good-luck charms and have become very popular. Even though many people will buy these key rings, which to my mind are symbols of cruelty rather than talismans to bring good-luck, there will be many people  who buy them just to free these poor creature from their tiny plastic confinement.



Unbelievable cruelty: LIVE animals kept inside keyrings in China street trade

“Tiny turtles, lizards and fish are kept alive in the bags by crystallyzed oxygen and nutrients, which are claimed to last for two months.

But activists claim that the animals last as little as a day as their oxygen supply runs out.

David Neale, animal welfare director of Animals Asia told CNN: “Lack of food and diminishing oxygen concentrations within both the water and the small amount of air in these plastic pouches will cause the animals to die in a relatively short period of time after the pouches are sealed.”

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Please sign the petition to “… call on the UN to demand the Chinese government to ban the manufacture and sale of amulets and jewellery containing live animals.”

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Frankly I feel sick to the stomach at the very idea. How can anyone be so cruel. I have heard of this before and this horrendous cruelty has been going on for some time. What is the matter with people, have they no sensitivity, no moral compass, no sense of right and wrong. This world will never be a good place to live while cruelty continues unopposed, while governments allow people who seemingly know no better or even worse are deliberately cruel to do exactly what they like with the other creatures who inhabit this world with us. Shame on the Chinese government for allowing this to happen. China has made some great leaps forward in technological advancements yet still continue the most appalling barbarity towards other animals. Yes all countries allow the exploitation of animals and wanton cruelty such as hunting here in the UK and most everywhere else and that has to stop also. However in China with few exceptions it seems to be possible for anyone to do whatever they like to animals no matter how cruel.

China has a particularly shocking record of animal cruelty.

For example:
(Warning All the links below show harrowing, sickening and shocking pictures of animal cruelty)

The dog meat Trade. Organised gangs snare and catch pet dogs off the street: 

In China 50,000 dogs are slaughtered everyday for meat or fur.
The following  video will break your heart if you love animals, but for one dog there is a happy end.

Dogs Killed by mob:

Horrific animal cruelty that shames China: Wild mob kill dogs just for WALKING into a city

Animals skinned alive for fur:

How can people be so cruel, so lacking in compassion for the plight of other living feeling sentient beings.

The above is a small sample of the treatment of animals in china, it is shocking to the extreme yet in China there is an estimated 50 million vegetarians and Vegans who are as appalled as you and I about such dreadful treatment of animals.

There are people in China of course who oppose such cruelty and are struggling to bring about change.

China has a long way to go despite some moderate progress 

In a country that pioneered the eating of shark’s fin and tiger penis, and where zoo visitors are known to amuse themselves by assaulting caged animals with everything from rocks to sulfuric acid, calls to respect the rights of animals have long fallen on deaf ears. But there are signs that attitudes are beginning to change.

Animal Rights in China – Times Are Changing

While there are some positive inprovments, I have to say again China has a long way to go and indeed, though perhaps to lesser degree, so do western countries which, while not allowing such overt violence and cruelty, nonetheless allow appalling suffering to take place day after day to millions of living beings in factory farms, in laboratories and other less obvious abuses such as the wanton massacres of thousands of animals as a result of hunting.

Mahatma Gandhi acutely observed that “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” To seek to reduce the suffering of those who are completely under one’s domination, and unable to fight back, is truly a mark of a civilized society.
Charting the progress of animal-welfare legislation around the world is therefore an indication of moral progress more generally. Last month, parallel developments on opposite sides of the world gave us grounds for thinking that the world may, slowly and haltingly, be becoming a little more civilized.
The best hope for further progress, it seems, lies in animal welfare becoming, like human rights, an international issue that affects countries’ reputations.
Peter Singer


I hope that Mr Singer is correct in his assumption that moral progress is being made though when you consider what is happening in the world today with regards to our treatment of animals it can seem as though we take one step forwards and another step back. While the UK have liberated circuses animals the same UK government has orchestrated the massacre of thousands of badgers.

Currently only endangered species are protected in China, this has to change and new legislation introduced to protect all animals from abuse. Lack of legislation makes it very difficult for good progress by Non Government Organisations such as Animals Asia and grass routes organisations to bring about any real change.

Chang Jiwen, the law professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, leading the drafting of animal welfare legislation, said, ‘China has begun to be aware of the importance of animal welfare because it touches on the economy, trade, religion, and ethics …’ he added that enacting such legislation will be no easy task, ‘The future is bright, but the path ahead will be tortuous.’
Action you can take

Please sign a petition to Encourage Animal Welfare Activists in China

Be a part of the change help Animals Asia by visiting their website and click the Get Involved link

Investigators infiltrate the dog and cat meat mafia in China
Information and petition

While animal welfare is important, it is time animals were granted rights in the same way human beings are. Animals have the right to live their lives free from man’s negative interference, exploitation and abuse.


4 thoughts on “Live Animals Kept Inside Keyrings.

  1. You wrote: “Animals have the right to live their lives free from man’s negative interference, exploitation and abuse.”

    Exactly true…we must achieve a point where the positives of our behavior overwhelm the negatives.

  2. Thanks for your comment. I agree and I only hope that day comes soon, to my mind progress is so slow. It takes so long for laws to be implemented to protect animals from human cruelty and abuse.

  3. It is unbelievable what humans are capable of doing to animals. The fact that there is even a market for these keyrings is sickening!

    • Thanks for commenting,indeed it is sickening, there seems no end to the cruelty that humans inflict on animals. Sadly in China there are no laws to prevent this, even when there are laws cruelty continues to a great degree the world over.

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