An Olympic Souvenir You Don’t Want: Goldfish In A Key Ring

British tabloid The Daily Telegraph is reporting on an unusual piece of merchandise being sold on the streets of Qingdao, China, just a few weeks before the Olympic Games begin:

Goldfish Key RingGoldfish Key Ring

A plastic bag with a picture of Huan Huan, one of the cartoon mascots of the Games, on the outside. And inside: a live goldfish. The bag is part of a plastic key ring. According to the Telegraph story, the bags are sealed, so the fish live in a small pool of water, with little access to air, and no food whatsoever. The goldfish key rings are, of course, not a piece of official Olympic merchandise.

The story quotes a spokesperson from the United Kingdom’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals calling the key chains a gimmick which “show no respect for the animals at all,” though there’s no record of the story on the RSPCA’s web site. A manufacturer of the key chains could not be identified. This could mean the entire thing is a hoax, although there is a picture here of something that looks like a live goldfish in a tiny plastic bag.

A Closer LookA Closer Look

This is not the first “animal cruelty” situation linked to China. Another British media organization, 24-hour TV news channel Sky News, reports small restaurants serving dog meat will be shuttered during the Olympics, to avoid offending visitors from the U.S. and Europe.

Jun 12, 2008
by Steve Levenstein
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First day: living fish. Third day: dead fish. After a few months: bleccchh!

Jun 12, 2008
by Anonymous

obviously a hoax

Fish that size can only survive few hours with that much air. Not even enough from being made to being sold. It must be a hoax

Jun 12, 2008
by Anonymous

The picture is fake

I take a close look at 800% and find pixels around the gold fish seems to have a higher resolution than rest of picture. It's fake.

Jun 14, 2008
by Donna Pacheco


It actually looks quite photoshopped to me. Hoax.

Feb 15, 2009
by Anonymous

i think its real

I actually think it is real. Why would a newspaper report on it if it wasn't true??