Written by PETA
After 18 months of protests, thousands of calls and e-mails, and appearances outside Brookstone stores by our giant "frog," Brookstone has finally decided to pull a cruel product called the "Frog-O-Sphere" from its shelves!
PETA started campaigning against the tiny plastic frog prisons after receiving complaints from Brookstone customers and after a whistleblower reported that frogs and snails housed in the tiny 4-inch-by-4-inch plastic boxes were neglected, deprived of veterinary care and adequate food, and kept in filthy water. The whistleblower told PETA that when frogs became obviously ill and "unsaleable," they were moved to the stores' storage rooms, where they often wasted away and died.
PETA's undercover investigation of Wild Creations—the company that came up with the idiotic idea of throwing two frogs and some gravel into a container smaller than a shoebox and leaving them there for their entire lives—revealed filthy conditions and deadly neglect. In some cases, frogs were so hungry that that they chewed each other's legs off.
Brookstone joins Magic Beans, Target, and other retailers that have stopped selling these cruel products, but Coach House Gifts is still selling frogs in "EcoAquariums" to make an easy buck. In one shipment to Coach House Gifts, 37 out of 40 frogs died after they were left in a container so long that they suffered from heat prostration. Please take a moment to urge the company to stop selling its deadly EcoAquariums.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
I bought these frogs. Here's the thing. The ecosystem does work as they claim, however the real problem with these is the frogs are "supposed" to be fed 2 pellets a week which is a load of bollocks. The frogs need to be fed three pellets a day each and if this is the case they will grow twice the size as their current emaciated form. Then they will need to switch tanks. They don't need a spectacularly large tank, but an upgrade to a larger beta fish tank made them so happy that they mated and laid eggs!
As far as Hallmark goes. It's a corporate business. I work for an independent Hallmark chain and we did have someone request we take them off our shelves, as did I and a couple employees request, however it is not up to our manager, it is up to the corporate head. Our manager cannot choose what we sell and don't sell.
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