So there is this letter going around facebook:
PLEASE SHARE IT , HUMBLE REQUEST ----
On a commercial street in China, little tortoises are found packaged as souvenir!!! These little tortoises are still alive and swimming inside a herbal solution. The store owner says it can live for 1-3 months. 5 RMB a piece.
This is too cruel and unacceptable!!! God knows how many little lives were slowly suffocated to silent death; their fate sealed in a bag!!!
Has the commercial world no more other ideas to make money!!!
Please help "Share" this. Hopefully some media or government will pick up this news and step in to stop this animal cruelty! Perhaps find the real victim and put an end to such uncivilized act.
Please help this little lives. Small as they may be, they are still lives!!!!!!!!!!
tl;dr: Salesmen in china sell turtles sealed in platic bags as keychains.
Sounds more like Bonsai Kittens 2.0 to me.
A site called hoax slayer allready tried to bust the myth, but as the cite credible sources like THE SUN, I am still not really convinced. At least the last source, states that PETA supposes the animals to only survive for some hours after beeing sold.
This was the first thing I was sceptical about, three months with that tiny bubble of air sounded very unconvincing. But now with that peta statement I'm asking myself how they actually manage this. If the lifespan is below a day, these creatures would still have to be put into the bags and everything has to be sealed. So I assume this has to be done freshly in the store.
So: Are there really live animals sold as keychains in china?