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Seahorse Keychains a popular trend?

« posted: 5 years ago »
I ran across the following article that claims that seahorse keychains are now a popular item in Malaysia. As if seahorses didn't have enough pressures, something that is essentially a trinket is just wasteful.

http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=83616

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« Reply #1 posted: 5 years ago »
People just don't think before they buy things, do they.  Very sad :(
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« Reply #2 posted: 5 years ago »
I think these are probably what the article is talking about. :(
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Novelty-Product-Colorful-Marine-Sea-Horse-Amber-Keychains-Fashion-Keyring-Christmas-Gift-Giveaways-50pcs-Mixed-Lot/501753216.html

And the worst part is that they are much too small to be allowed in to any CITES participating country, yet I bet they're never stopped.
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« Reply #3 posted: 5 years ago »
Ugh. After I saw this posted on Alibaba, I had a hunch and started looking around etsy and ebay and found that there are a number of similar trinkets for sale. They're all too small to be legally imported, and a good number of them look like they are neither H. erectus or H. zosterae (which could possibly be legal depending on how they were obtained). However, even then, I found a bunch of H. zosterae for sale on etsy.

I'm not fond of seahorses being used for Traditional Chinese Medicine, but at least I understand why someone would want to. But driving them to extinction for a bunch of junk that will end up in the garbage just makes me steaming mad. What makes it worse is I bet there is no interest by the US government to stop this kind of item. I bet they're not even looking for them. And the people selling them probably have no idea.
The keychain/pendants:
http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/542713847/Hot_sale_sea_horse_keychain_novel.html

The most likely illegally imported one:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/116656983/real-seahorse-pendant-leather-necklace
Another:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Seahorse-Sea-Shell-Glass-Goth-Necklace-Sq-Pendant-Strange-Scary-Gift-Oddity-/321042616909
and another:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/110907689/real-seahorse-necklace

H. zosterae:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/117995208/5-real-seahorses-for-crafting-34-1-in
http://www.etsy.com/listing/110040258/real-seahorse-bottled-necklace-on-18
And this is the "excuse" they give: "These farms are in accordance with all U.S. Fish and Wildlife laws and the majority are released back into the wild. "
My guess is this person got complaints and made something up.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/112025933/real-seahorse-and-starfish-glass

I've contacted them in hopes of convincing them to remove them, as well as contacting ebay and etsy to remove them, but I suspect it will be ignored.

« Last Edit: 5 years ago by TamiW »

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« Reply #4 posted: 5 years ago »
Did you see the craze of around a year or so ago where tourist shops in certain countries were selling live turtles in keychains.  I'm getting to the point where nothing shocks me now :(
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« Reply #5 posted: 4 years ago »
Did you see the craze of around a year or so ago where tourist shops in certain countries were selling live turtles in keychains.  I'm getting to the point where nothing shocks me now :(

I had heard about that one. Broke my heart to think of such a little animal being tortured like that, all for the amusement of sick people and the monetary benefit of even sicker people. The things people will stoop to for money...
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« Reply #6 posted: 4 years ago »
To be honest, I was aghast when I read the first post.  How sad.  But then I clicked the link, and I thought, How pretty!  I would never guess they were real, I guess.  I would think they either used dead ones or fake ones.  But now that I'm reading all this, I see I'm wrong.  I love seahorses, they are beautiful, and I would be attracted to something like that.  So I can see how others would be too.
I promise, I would never buy one!  That's sad that they make them.
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« Reply #7 posted: 4 years ago »
I did some research on this, because I thought this was a means seahorses were being sold illegally in the US. And I found that some of them ARE fake, but they advertise them as real. Some of them though are real. There is no good way to tell unless you look closely. I was able to find the distributor of the fake ones; but the trail ran cold on the real ones. Probably because it is illegal to import them at that size.

If you decide you do want one, real insect co is the company that sells the fake real seahorses.

However, I think something like this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/156123926/on-sale-sterling-silver-pygmy-seahorse?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=seahorse or this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/79029596/on-sale-sterling-silver-seahorse-pendant?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=seahorse
is much nicer.

(I have this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/79480126/on-sale-ghost-pipefish-charm-with?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=seahorse from them, because how often do you see ghost pipefish jewelery?)
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« Reply #8 posted: 4 years ago »
pretty nasty trade in seahorses,i hope we don't get them over here e bay UK has supposedly banned anything to do with real seahorses but only time will tell.saying that i have 4 seahorse key rings 2 are plastic and light up and 2 are made out of metal
unfortunately just been on Ebay UK and they have them for sale on there.i have reported them and will inform seahorse trust as they are working with Ebay to stop this.some say they are fake seahorses but i dont know they look pretty convincing down to the sunk in look.

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« Reply #9 posted: 4 years ago »
I've actually seen something similar but from China, they were these plastic bracelets my workplace would sell and they had little beetles, crabs, and I spotted a couple seahorses in them as well, made me very sad. Whether they caught seahorses to put in the "jewelry" or bred them specifically for that purpose, it's cruel.
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« Reply #10 posted: 4 years ago »
That is so heartbreaking. :(