Goldfish Keyring with Live Goldfish

Posted on June 11, 2008

China doesn’t have the best record when it comes to animal rights and this latest “shocking” abuse further proves the point.

In waterfront Qingdao, vendors were selling heart shaped plastic keychains sealed with a live goldfish inside. Since the keychains are completely sealed there is very little air and no way to feed the fish inside.

Goldfish Keyring with Live Goldfish  picture

“The fish would survive just a few hours, and would be lucky to make it from the manufacturers to the point of sale. We are shocked and appalled. It is a gimmick and shows no respect for the animals at all.”

One of the 2008 Olympics mascot HuanHuan was printed on the bag and although it is not an official Olympic item, it just goes to shows a complete lack of respect for all the fish who will die in these keychains.

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Goldfish Keyring with Live Goldfish  picture
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nig
n
n
nig n n

if i got one of them keychains i would take it home and realise it in to my fish tank at least that way the poor thing would have a chance..

anti chineesssss...
anti chineesssss...

mooooooonnnnnsssssstttttteeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr......... from chinesss

kurt777
kurt777

cruel..... more than monster.......

lololololo
lololololo

what they gunna think of next dog as a book bag

tifany
tifany

hijos de perras los que hacen ese negocio, por que no se meten un tubo en el culo y lo usan como llaveros.

yo mama
yo mama

HAhahahahah slice the fich serve with wasabi and eat with lemon joos!!!! YUM :p

Guest
Guest

sucks for the fishy :P

animalluvare
animalluvare

What the heck how can they do that maby it is temperary but it's unfair i mean it's like putting me in a freak show through me around and put me home then pick me up and do it again. Fish need oxegen how can they get it in there? China i think this is unnesesary. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ben
ben

Oh my god. Who do you pathetic backward Australians think you are. You are a nation of racist criminals - England wanted nothing to do with you. Your culture is the anal spawn of the US and England. Take a look in the mirror. Australia is a large exporter of Shark fin (country is too retarded to make money intellectually ie just farming, mining) I think most ppl who who have been unfortunate enough to have met an Australian - hate them. Look at Bali - and you wonder why they wanted to blow you up. Australians = gutless, ignorant, inbred, backward. ps learn to speak english properly! (harloow - ima dertay auwstrawwwliaaaaaaan"

Jy
Jy

Your supposed to cut the bag open and let the fish in the fish tank! This is just like some messed up story in a celebrity gossip magazine.

LL
LL

With all the fake stuff being sold in China, I find it incredible that anyone believes these are official government made Olympics memorabilia. In fact, I find it incredible that anyone believes these actually exist. Say what you want about China or Chinese people, but they obviously know what they're doing, business-wise. The Chinese economy is going incredibly strong compared to that of any other country today, probably due to the fact that Chinese businesses aren't stupid enough to manufacture keychains containing goldfish who might as well be dead. No one's going to buy a keychain with a dead goldfish in it, so no Chinese business would ever make a keychain with a (soon to be) dead goldfish in it.

LAUREN
LAUREN

THIS IS HORRIBLE THE CHINESE ARE OFF THE TROLLYIES THIS IS NOT RIGHT THEY NEED TO FEEL WHAT THATS LIKE THIS IS JUST ONE OF MANY OF THE MOST DREADFUL THINGS IN CHINA WHAT THEY DO TO ANIMALS TO THOSE OF YOU WHO THEY ARE SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS NOT RIGHT.....

hi, don't care.
hi, don't care.

um... sorry but they're goldfish. they won't be endangered anytime soon so that's one lack of cause for worry... another is that caring owners, such as myself, buy these little buggers as feed for our bigger fish. so.. they're kind of dead anyways. find something worthy as a cause for concern!

Matty
Matty

I saw a guy selling these up here in Harbin, I asked him and asked around and as I hear they live for a few months, something in the water or something, but no idea really.

lauren paisley
lauren paisley

dear god that's wrong. wronger than wrongedy wrong wrong.

koikung (shrimp)
koikung (shrimp)

อีบ้า ชอบทรมานสัตว์ ไม่กลัวบาปกรรมหรือไง you know!

M K P
M K P

Lets try one of them in a bag with a key chain - see what they feel like and how long they last - What a shame from one of the so called super powers. I hope people vote with their feet and do not buy any products made by the company. Well that is CHINA for you......

Hmm...
Hmm...

Haha...I going to any article that is negative about China and then counting how many crazed Chinese people try to make explanations/fight off everyone else.

Fish for me
Fish for me

Great Idea !! I want a keychain like that !!

Orcamistress
Orcamistress

the US aint perfect. but we're sure as heck more comfy for than most other countries. Imagine being forced to have an abortion? That's happening in China's cities. It's not just fish and other animals they're slaughtering.

Annie
Annie

There is no need to bash China as a nation for being "inhumane," people. Of course, this act is wrong, but there are many practices elsewhere that may be far worse to animals. For example, there are people who put kittens in jars and have then grow up in them, where they cannot move. You may say, it's different because this practice is illegal, whereas some "inhumane" act against animals aren't illegal in China. Well, what about testing animals for cosmetics and other products? That sure is legal. And the companies who do it sure don't give a damn what happens to animals. If anything, we must blame the individuals or the companies who are selling these fish.

Tribesman
Tribesman

lol this I don't know whats funnier, the keychains, or the people shedding tears over a goldfish.

Roger
Roger

Oh please. Get off your moral high horse, people. It's just a stinkin' stupid little fish. Furthermore, like Mr.B said, people should take a closer look at what is happening at home (USA) before judging others. This is what I cannot stand about Americans. We think of ourselves as better than everyone else when we are in fact just as bad. A nation of hypocrites. Though, I suppose this applies to every country as well...

D
D

You xenophobic, ignorant, arrogant, oblivious people - how can you compare the Chinese government to the entire population? Surely, some laws are loose and many human and animals rights have been broken, but they're catching up. The government is trying their best to win your approval - but have you even thought about the faults of your own country? Do you think that the vendors would also let them die maliciously? No - I've been to Beijing, they cut open the bags after 3 hours and dump them in a water bowl - they don't want their own merchandise to perish. Basic Marketing and Logic. Also, how can you refer the whole country as barbaric and backwards when Western countries throw petty fits over some stupid controversy? Shouldn't you - the bystander - take action? Oh, are you so impaired that you can't even make a phone call to an animal’s rights watch group - or are you too busy? Slanderous fools, I hope you realize the irony in what you say.

kelly
kelly

next itll be babies in a keychain... they have tons of those too

Mr. B
Mr. B

This is peanuts compared to the operation of the meat industry in the US. It's just a goldfish. You can buy them in the USA for like, 25 cents to a dollar a piece. This is different, but there are far more cruel things happening out there. Stop getting your knickers in a twist.

ah sha
ah sha

looks kinda cute, but why dont they use a toy fish instead?

Modemac
Modemac

What I want to know is: why does the image of "2008 Olympics mascot HuanHuan" remind me of "Hello Kitty Meets Heat Miser?"

website design
website design

The fish dies in a few hours... what have you got in there a few months later?? Somebody call Pam Anderson.

carla
carla

I want a kitten keychain!

luckylife333
luckylife333

I think that if it were openable,it would actually be interesting,can't ALWAYS blame chinese,we in the west got bad stuff too.Scissors would be nice in that package to cut it open and set the fishy free.

Mammoth
Mammoth

These are not fake. I saw them in Beijing. And they are not sold by pet stores. They were sold by street vendors, the same kind that sell fake watches and other contraband Olympics merchandise.

Kris Hetzel
Kris Hetzel

Thinks its a good sales technique for the vendor! All the animal lovers buy them, and let them go! Anything other then that, I think that's horrible.

Terranova
Terranova

this is probably being misrepresented in order to stir up controversy. the chinese government may make bad choices (like a lot of governments) but chinese people are just human beings like you and i. they are not stupid — and they would not create a product that would not survive shipping to retailers. it looks like the pouch was heat sealed at the top with a little handheld sealer. this is probably from a pet shop and it's probably a new gimmick for quick transport of your small fish purchases to your home aquarium. in that capacity, it might work quite well. the plastic looks sturdy and it will stay close to you until you get home. plus it's kinda cute for about an hour.

idiotdrivingwithcellphone
idiotdrivingwithcellphone

The idea is that you take it home, on your keychain, throw it in the microwave & MMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmm! Poached Goldfish!

Diana Ward
Diana Ward

Cruelty to animals is terrible, yes. But why aren't you all crying for the many thousands of babies and children that are tortured, starved to death, allowed to die of curable diseases, and murdered by their own parents every day? Just because you don't want to think about it? Sad.

mandy Meek
mandy Meek

i dunno, i think america could easily be worse. we butt our nose into everything, we came over here to escape english oppression so we could oppress indians, the real americans. we are all foreigners! verry verry BAD foreigners! what is happening to these fish is terrible but there are much more worse things, like environmental pollution, catching tuna before they can even reproduce so their population dwindles to extinct, attacking sharks for fins and stupid hypocritical narrow-minded purposes, chemically forcing cod to grow faster just so they can slice them open for a fish egg treat, killing and starving all the whales and pretending its for their own good in the name of 'science'. butchering the world for economical progress. this world is falling out of the sky, and i for one hope all the bad humans rot in their cesspools! are we trying to see how much horrific terrors god can forgive?

Diana Ward
Diana Ward

This is what I cannot stand about Americans. We think of ourselves as better than everyone else when we are in fact just as bad. A nation of hypocrites. Though, I suppose this applies to every country as well… I'm sure it does happen in every country to some degree, it is our human nature. But the USA does seem to be particularly good at it.

emz
emz

just a stupid little fish? it's a living thing. wow.. just because we dont understand fish and fish arent intelligent in the same way we are, doesnt mean that they are any less of a life form. and it certainly doesnt mean that it is okay to torture them, especially for money. this is just ridiculous. atleast the meat were torturing and killing is going in our stomachs for the most part. its still disgusting how those animals are treated before they die here, but.. these goldfish keychains are NOT for food. they are for a little toy, to hang on your bag and get tossed around as you walk. BTW, goldfish get atleast a foot long when they have adequate space to grow... the species in the keychain atleast. this is disgusting.. it gives china an even worse rep with animals and inhumane treatment.

mandy Meek
mandy Meek

you are disgusting, what did goldfish ever do to deserve anything, they're just animals, not parasites like us horrific human beings.

km
km

Exactly.

catlady
catlady

dont give them any ideas

Martyn
Martyn

I'm afraid not. It's a toy, somewhat misguided. I wish I could say it was just to transport your cute fishy home... *sigh*

not you
not you

yup except u shood put some wasabi on YUMMMY!!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Because this article is about animals, not poor little babies/children. Gtfo.

LuMLuM
LuMLuM

yea well if itz a toy i think they would have thot of a way to preserve it...rather than leaving them to die...ok so ur saying they are torturing the animal...but i dont think the whole chinese population are all so stupid that they would spend the money to just let/watch it die...AS IF~!? they are not all dumb~ if u can work out that they will eventually die...ur not the only genius around -.-" u take goldfish home like that in a bag when u buy them in an aquarium store anyway....ok yea in maybe a much bigger bag...but yea i dun think u can label this animal torture until you actually see them keeping the fish like that knowing that its dying/itz about to die/its going to die/etc...there's just no way here to prove what they are doing with the keychains~~~

MeLUVuLONGtime
MeLUVuLONGtime

Sorry, no kittens running around. All the extra tourists for the Olympics have increased demand for Chinese Food so much that they've had to fly in cats from other countries.