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“Little shop of horrors” is an understatement for a store in China that was found selling thousands of dead seahorses. Kevin Laurie was heartbroken when he walked into the shop located in the Guangzhou district. There were endangered or threatened seahorses in barrels, plastic, boxes – literally everywhere! A Care2 Petition is demanding the Chinese authorities put an end to this horrifying mass slaughter.

Seahorses are used for several purposes including traditional Chinese medicine to treat conditions including asthma, infections of the throat, insomnia, and abdominal pain. According to Project Seahorse, tens of millions of seahorses are captured and killed every year resulting in many species being listed on the threatened or endangered list. While these facts are shocking, it seems the Chinese government isn’t too worried about it, but they need to be! Besides being cruel, it’s illegal, most are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

What’s even more disturbing is that this is just one market, no wonder these magical creatures are disappearing in such massive numbers!  Additionally, not only are they the most unique looking fish species but unlike most fish, they are monogamous and mate for life. That means removing them from the ocean, disrupts couples and puts unnecessary stress on ecosystems.

Between this, climate change, and plastic pollution there is so much marine life has to deal with to survive. Signing the petition and demanding a crackdown on the seahorse trade is an easy step you can take to help save them. Of course, curbing your plastic pollution and carbon footprint are also simple ways to make a difference for all marine life.

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Image Source: Kevin Laurie/ Facebook

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5 comments on “Thousands of Seahorses Are Being Sold Illegally In Markets Across China, Let’s Shut This Down”

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M Leybra
5 Days ago

It\'s every nation\'s choice to do whatever it pleases to wildlife, no one nation or (global authority) exists to protect wildlife from slaughter by any other nation. Wildlife is on it\'s own, so to speak, at the mercy of mankind & the whole eight billion projected to reach 10 billion by 2050 & 15 by the end of this century. A coming world of wall to wall humanity & no other species.

Kate Evans
7 Days ago

China again, there are simply too many of them who are hungry for animal products to satisfy their vanity and so called medicinal needs which are wiping out so many species. Seahorses are just one victim of many. They seriously need proper education and population control.

Denise Baudin
8 Days ago

Guangzhou district -ASIA again. WHAT THE HELL DO THEY PUT IN THEIR RICE OVER THERE????????????????????????????

Seahorses WILL NOT HELP THE CHINESE PEOPLE to treat conditions including asthma, infections of the throat, insomnia, and abdominal pain. SEAHORSES, WILL NOT MAKE THE MEN "MANLIER" NEITHER.
When they are not boiling live dogs and cats on every street corner, they capture and kill seahorses.

Where the hell is XI JINPING to ban all this cruel and bloody slaughtering of helpless animals?????????????

WHERE IS HE ????????????? WHERE ARE HIS "HIGH DECISION MAKERS" TO STOP THIS KILLING?????????????????????? Capturing seahorses to kill them??????????????????

Muriel Servaege
8 Days ago

Petition signed.
And we wonder who\'s emptying the oceans… When all seahorses have been fished, it will be for ever. Ha they even thought of that?

8 Days ago

And humans accuse the marine life of "overfishing" the oceans?! Here\'s proof, right here of who is really wiping out all the species in the oceans!! This simply must STOP!!

Pamela Tate
8 Days ago

Bloody Chinese yet again with their cruelty.Theres nothing they won\'t kill. Pity they don\'t kill each other, get shut of the lot of them, SCUM.


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