Animal welfare groups have described sales of live goldfish trapped inside unofficial Olympic merchandise in China as “shocking”.
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Olympic mascot Huanhuan and his ill-fated piscine companion
Waterfront traders in Qingdao, where Olympic sailing events will take place this summer, have been selling the fish inside heart-shaped novelty plastic key rings.
A cheerful picture of a boy called Huanhuan - one of five mascots for the 2008 games - is printed on the front of a sealed plastic bag containing the fish, with no room to swim and a short supply of oxygen inside.
The RSPCA spokesman said: “The fish would have little oxygen available and it would be impossible to feed the fish.
“The fish would survive just a few hours, and would be lucky to make it from the manufacturers to the point of sale.
“This product shows a shocking lack of respect for a living thing and should be withdrawn from sale.
“We are shocked and appalled. It is a gimmick and shows no respect for the animals at all.
“We can’t understand why anyone would want to buy such a thing.”
Beijing Olympics unofficial live goldfish keyrings are cruel, say RSPCA - Telegraph