International Center for Veterinary Services
Depressing: Chinese Vendors Selling Live Fish and Turtles in Plastic Bags as Keychains
Chinese vendors have been selling pretty depressing keychains (two words I never thought I'd hear together) that consist of either a Brazil turtle or two small kingfish sealed inside a small plastic baggy. Each baggy, seven centimeters in length, is filled with colored liquid and the imprisoned animal(s) of choice. The vendors, who sell the baggies at the entrances to subways or train stations, claim the colored water is a "nutrient rich" solution that allows the live creatures shoved inside a seven centimeter bag to live for a few months, after which--if this story couldn't get any more depressing--the animals die and, according to Helablog, "rumor has it...the cadavers are heated in the microwave for 15 seconds and eaten while enjoying an ice cold beer."Read on...