End the Sale of Live Animal Keychains


Target: Zhou Shengxian, Chinese Minister of Environmental Protection

Goal: Ban the sale of keychains that contain live goldfish, salamanders, and turtles in China

Street vendors are selling live animals trapped in keychains in China as souvenirs. These souvenirs are becoming a new fashion trend, and should be banned. The animals are usually amphibians such as turtles, fish, and lizards, and are placed into small plastic bags that contain a liquid nutrient and oxygen that allows them to live up to “two months.” However, many of these animals die days later.

The animal bags, which are attached to metal keyrings, cost around $1.50 a piece. Buyers are convinced by vendors that the animals in these “live animal keychains” can sustain themselves from the nutrients in the water for many months. But the truth is these animals die from oxygen deprivation within hours or days. Without the ability to replenish their oxygen or nutrient levels, these poor creatures are left to slowly starve or suffocate to death in their little plastic bags.

Animals should not be kept in small plastic bags. These conditions are cruel. Thousands of these marine animals will die a slow death each year if this practice is allowed to continue. Sign the petition to demand that the Chinese government  make the selling of live animal keychains illegal in China.


Dear Minister Zhou Shengxian,

Live animal keychains have become a fashion trend in China. Street vendors continue to trap small animals in plastic bags, and then attach them to metal keyrings to sell as keychains. These animals deserve better than to die slowly from oxygen deprivation caused by being trapped in a tiny plastic bag.

Vendors assure buyers that these animals are swimming in nutrient-rich water, but this is not true. These animals do not live a long time. On the contrary, they die within a few days of purchase. This trend is killing a lot of marine animals, and it is extremely cruel. Save thousands of marine animals by banning the sale of these live animal keychains.


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  1. Sick evil race of people.

  2. Before you accuse others, take a look at yourselves. You only have a right to condemn other culture’s cruelty to animals when you’re no longer participating in it yourselves. Don’t call them cruel and barbaric when you’re supporting unnecessary, horrific, industrialised animal farming in your own country. Go vegan, and THEN point fingers if you like. You’ll be more healthy, more happy, more conscious.

    • Are you serious????? What the heck is wrong with you?

      • Chiley~♬ Chiley~♬ says:

        Actually, what the other party was saying is kind of correct. We all say we get disgusted by these deeds, but those of us who aren’t vegan or vegetarian still are adding onto the animal cruelty through the ways the animals have to suffer to feed us.
        Now, I don’t know about the being “more healthy, more happy, more conscious”, but “WakeUp” is actually speaking some sense.

        On the other hand, it kind of scares me what China and HUMANS will come up with next.

    • No ones country is perfect. Everyone hurts the environment & themselves. Humans are nasty, self absorbed creatures. We all deserve to die.

    • For god sake its people like you that we need less of- saying only people can support this if a veggie/vegan. i am a vegetarian however my partner isnt. We are both good people. You can disagree with this without needing to be a vegan or vegetarian. By saying no one can disagree without being a vegan means you have now essentially wiped out 80% of the potential support to get this stopped. Stop being so narrow minded and let everyone try and stop this together rather than segregating yourself to just a very small elite group- more power equals more power and voice to help this stop!

  3. Fiona Frankland says:

    I have no words to describe what I think of China. A vile, disgusting, greedy and materialistic nation who think NOTHING of skinning animals alive for their fur, as well as all the other unspeakable acts of cruelty they perpetrate on animals. I hate the country with a passion and will continue to spread the word about the cruelty.

  4. China is responsible for the extinction of many species and they will continue their sadistic and barbaric ways until they have made many more species extinct, the world needs to do something about this because every living creature has a purpose on this planet and they are destroying it for each and every one of us. I have never seen such horror as what they are capable of doing to any animal it just disgusts me

  5. Dr. Valerie Lang says:

    I echo what Jane (Aug. 14 4:15 AM says) and add that China, for all of its ‘civilization’, is the most uncivilized country on the planet. My brother and his wife adopted children from there. The animals have even less of a voice in China. God help us.

  6. didi magnin says:

    How sick can “humans” get? Veree sick indeed, coz animals do not do such things to each other…

  7. Catherine desjarlais says:

    This is another example of the despicable nature of certain human beings. Disgusting!

  8. Catherine desjarlais says:

    Another act of humans thinking they are superior.

  9. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

    Boycott the junk we buy from China:

    Green Giant frozen vegetables are from China, and so are most of Europe’s Best.
    Arctic Gardens are Okay. So is Birdseye.

    Never buy the grocery store garlic unless it is clearly marked from USA or Canada,
    the other stuff is grown in people poop (even worse than chicken poop).
    China is the largest producer of garlic in the world. U.S. is next.

    Buy only local honey; much honey is shipped in in huge containers from China
    and re-packed here.

    Cold-FX is grown and packed in China and is full of fecal bacteria.
    Doesn’t work anyway, big scam.
    If the country of origin is not clearly marked, beware! If you’re buying produce,
    ask an employee.
    Watch out for packages which state “prepared for,” “packed by,” or “imported by”.
    I don’t understand the lack of mandatory labeling, especially the produce.
    The country of origin should be clearly shown on the item in the store. I go to the
    local farmers’ markets in season and keep a wary eye open the rest of the year.

    Please read this very carefully, and read to the very bottom. It’s important for all of us.

    How is it possible to ship food from China cheaper than having it produced in the U.S. or Canada ?

    GOLD BRAND OR THE DOLE BRAND IS FROM CALIFORNIA . Beware – Costco sells canned
    peaches and pears in a plastic jar that come from China .


    Recently The Montreal Gazette had an article by the Canadian Government on how
    Chinese feed the fish: They suspend chicken wire crates over the fish ponds, and the fish feed on chicken poop.

    If you search the internet about what the Chinese feed their fish, you’ll be alarmed; e.g., growth
    hormones, expired anti-biotics from humans. Never buy any type of fish or shellfish that
    comes from these countries: Vietnam , China , Philippines .

    Check this out, personally. I did. Stienfeld’s Pickles are made in India – just as bad!

    Another example is in canned mushrooms. No-Name brand came from Indonesia . Also check
    those little fruit cups. They used to be made in Canada in the Niagara region until about 2 years ago.
    They are now packaged in China!

    While the Chinese export inferior and even toxic products, dangerous toys, and goods to be sold in
    North American markets, the media wrings its hands! Yet, 70% of North Americans believe that
    the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese should be suspended!
    Well, duh! Why do you need the government to suspend trading privileges?


    Simply look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says ‘Made in China’ or ‘PRC’
    (and that now includes Hong Kong), simply choose another product, or none at all.
    You will be amazed at how dependent you are on Chinese products, and you will be equally amazed
    at what you can do without.


    If 200 million North Americans refuse to buy just $20 each of Chinese goods, that’s a billion
    dollar trade imbalance resolved in our favor…fast!! The downside? Some Canadian/American
    businesses will feel a temporary pinch from having foreign stockpiles of inventory.

    Just one month of trading losses will hit the Chinese for 8% of their North American exports.
    Then, they will at least have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and lawlessness are worth it.

    START NOW and don’t stop.

    Send this to everybody you know. Let’s show them that we are intelligent, and NOBODY can take us for granted.

    Scary, isn’t it?

    690 on the “bar code” is made in China.

    • Bina Pannell says:

      You could look at it another way.

      Choose what to buy from China (and S Korea because they are just as bad) – clothing, proper branded items, remember that brands like Apple get their stuff made in China, and other harmless things, and sanction all the other stuff like cheap leather which could be dog skin, and these keychains. This will help improve THOSE industries in China that are decent and hopefully these other industries will die a death because no one wants to buy them. The bigger the ‘good’ industries get, the more employment and better prospects they will offer which in turn will tempt people away from these evil practices just to make a few bucks.

      If you sanction the entire country, they will have no decent income and no enterprise and will resort to more barbaric and cruel practices like dog meat just to put food on the table. Sanctions aren’t always the answer.

      In addition, more and more youngsters in China are becoming aware of the outside world and are becoming more educated. They are beginning to see what’s wrong with their country and are fighting to change it from within. We can either help them with that or spit in their faces.

      Let’s not also forget that WE are to blame for wanting innovative and different products without the price tag!!!

  10. what kind of sick mind would come with this concept? and what kind of sick person would want to own such a thing?

  11. Fiorenza Boasso says:

    Hi everyone! I’m new in this site and this kind of petitions. I would love to sign this one, because I really hate this cruelty! But I don’t know how to do it! Please, can you help me? Can anybody tell me how to sign? Thank you!

    • Vanessa Solis Vanessa Solis says:


      Scroll down to the middle of the post and you should see the words “Sign the Petition” just above the words “PETITION LETTER.” This is our petition signature form. Enter your name and email address, and simply click the “Sign Petition!” button. Your signature will be recorded.



  12. This is wrong and needs to end

  13. I am in constant horror when I see what happens to all animals and living creatures here in China, I have visions of some of the graphic pictures I have seen. I ALSO see alot here in the U.S. as well but some of this is beyond belief. I PRAY FOR CHANGE! Do these petitions we sign make a difference? Is there follow through on it? Do foreign countries recognized these petitions? Curious…

  14. Suzanne Hall says:

    Is there no end to the cruelty the Chinese can think up for any and all living beings? The entire race of Chinese must have been born without any compassion gene whatsoever. If they treat all animals this way, how are they really treating each other? I am always amazed at the cruelty and depravity the Chinese can and do inflict on living beings.

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