A tipster sent along these pictures he took from a B&Q in Pudong on March 21 showing goldfish swimming around in a container used to display “eco-friendly” varnish products.
The display, set up at the UK-based DIY and home improvement retail company, is apparently demonstrating the effects of a Düfa brand water-based product called Supersauber. The German brand produces paints and varnishes claiming to be non-toxic and harmless to the environment but, as our tipster Rob pointed out via email, is probably not meant for living creatures to be swimming around in.
While it’s unclear if this marketing display is used at B&Q branches internationally, it’s not the first time we’ve gotten a tip from someone complaining about animals like turtles and fish being used in displays for recreational purposes. In 2011, we reported that the sale of small live-animal key chains were on the rise in China by vendors who claim they’ll live for more than a month but usually die within days from suffocation.