Key chains are rings in which people bunch up their keys so that they don’t have to carry them separately everywhere they go. They are not only purposeful, but have also become a fashion accessory of sorts for young people with key chains coming in different colors and materials like plastic, PVC and even leather. But recently in China a new and cruel key chain fad has come into light that has taken animal rights groups such as PETA to sit up and notice. See for yourself what this new and inhumane fad is.
1 What are these new key rings?
Anyone who needs a keychain usually goes to any store and buys a cheap keychain to put all his/her keys in a bunch and usually most key chains nowadays are made of plastic or leather with intricate designs. But in China, some vendors have been selling a unique type of key chains that have not only angered lots of animal rights activists but also tourists who visit China. It all started when news channel CNN reported that live goldfishes were enclosed in small plastic bags were being sold as key chains outside the Olympic venues when Beijing, China hosted the Summer Olympics Games in 2008. Again in 2011, CNN returned to the commercial streets in China and were horrified to see that vendors were selling different animals like turtles, salamanders and fishes for $1.50 USD only or 1-3 RMB. The vendors say that water contains crystallized oxygen for the animals to live for 1-3 months. But the reports of these key chains being sold have angered the animal rights activists and other people not only in China but all over the world.