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Big Ol’ Bag of Bugs!

Written by PETA | June 27, 2008

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As you probably know, there are many problems with pet stores that sell animals, but now there’s a new kid on the block: The Home Depot! The chain has started selling ladybugs and praying mantises by the bag as a method of deterring other insect species from taking over home gardens. Imagine a gardener going to the check-out line with a few bulbs, a watering can, and … a bag of praying mantises!

Think this out, y’all: Insects plus confinement to a bag plus scorching summer heat equals a ton of bugs dying slowly from the heat. And hey, even if that logic is over your head, surely you agree that buying a heaping sack of bugs is a pretty messed-up idea, right?

Please go check out our action alert and shoot the folks at The Home Depot a brief message explaining the obvious.

Posted by Sean Conner

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  • Holly says:

    I was going to ask you Dr. Breen if you were “THE Dr. Breen” from You Tube… so who the heck are you? It was fun posting with you. Go Vegan save up to 100 farm animals per year save your health and our earth….

  • brandie says:

    I disagree slightly. I think if they sold them in a better way this wouldn’t be such an issue. If people need these bugs to aid in garden protection then I don’t see the problem. If the ladybugs are sold properly and are not left to suffocate and die a slow death in a hot bag then I don’t see the problem. I love ladybugs. Those and butterflies are the only bugs I can stand. So I understand your point but do not totally agree with not selling them at all. People use them for their greenhouses.

  • Holly says:

    Hey Dr. Breen I do think the thought of eating bugs when one is a vegan is something to scoff at. But I must say it was fun being the vegan warrior for just the few seconds it took to type that post…sorry but it was fun at your expense. Sorry Dr Breen… As for the quote being my official quote I stole it from one of our Early Christians fathers Clement of Alexandria Clement wrote “It is far better to be happy than to have your bodies act as graveyards for animals. I liked it so I decided to change it a bit and use it… Hey have a great day Go Vegan…

  • lynda downie says:

    Yeah like millie’s my email came back ‘undeliverable’ from home depot.

  • Holly says:

    Just kidding Dr.Breen… Go vegan dont let your body become a graveyard for animals…

  • Holly says:

    I do love the woods Maya! As for kicking butt in the woods only if I see one of those dangerous Dr.Breen bugs! I hear they are something to reckon with in the deep woods but dont worry I am a Vegan who is up for the adventure even if the temps are down 2 degrees below zero and I have to spend ten hours + in the deep forest I can endure for I am a strong Vegan Woman! Meet you there Vegetarian Woman Maya together we can over come the dangerous Dr.Breen bugs! For we are strong! Go VegetarianVegan save up to 100 farm animals per person per year save your health and our earth!

  • Maya, CVT says:

    LOL Hey Holly I guess we’re pansies then. I’d like to see Dr. Insectivore join me on a three hour mountain bike ride in the 90 degree weather. Or how about joining me on a research mountain hike like the one I did this winter 10 hours in weather that was 2 degrees below zero? Of course I’m only a vegetarian “pansy” so Holly I bet you could really kick butt out in the woods.

  • Holly says:

    Dr.Breen You remind me of a very large dangerous bug who needs to be squashed at once and put on a stick! Good thing I am a vegan and not a insectivore or you may have been on my dinner plate tonight! Kidding….I would never squash a bug if I could help it and surely would never eat one…but you do tempt me Dr.Breen on a stick! Go Vegan Save up to 100 farm animals per year and save your health and our earth…

  • Holly says:

    Christopher I realized my mistake just as I posted… Either way sounded wonderful your story. Go Vegan save up to 100 farm animals per year and your health and the earth…

  • lynda downie says:

    Thanks Peta for standing up for these marvelous little guys.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Rojo I am all for biologic controls when possible. I am leary of somewhere like Home depot or Lowe’s American hardware chains being responsible enough to only sell predacious insects endemic to the local area. For reference here in the Ozarks each Fall millions of Japanese lady beetles get confused on unseasonably warm days an invade houses and make a huge mess. They also like many other introduced plants and animals displace our native beetles. Cheers. Holly As it turns out they were wild raspberries!! The strawberry bed is a work in progress though. Like asparagus strawberries are a bit of an investment. I anticipate gorging on strawberries next June.

  • Holly says:

    Great and true comments guys Christopher and Maya thank you both. Oh yeah Christopher I enjoyed hearing about vegetarian meal from your own garden and your sweet walk with your wife eating strawberries for desert What a nice story and a happy one… Good work Judith signed and sent… Thanks PETA…Save the Lady Bugs! Go Vegan save up to 100 farm animals per year and save your health and our earth…

  • rojo says:

    Chris while I’m with you on introduced speciescheck out the cane toad in Australia natural pest managent is a win on all countsapart from the pests point of view. By using natural predators indiscriminate insecticide applications can be minimised. Good for nontarget species good for the environment no worse for the pest. I don’t really know what packaging you would use but I’m sure the customer will not be happy buying dead bugs. Customer satisfaction demands live bugs. Try paper bags.

  • Kristina says:

    Signed and passed along. Go PETA! Go ladybugs and praying mantises!

  • millie says:

    i sent an email but it came back! why is this? apparently it was ‘denied’. stupid cruel sickening home depot.

  • Gina says:

    Why are they selling bugs in a bag? I love animals but some insects like a bag of praying mantises would give me the willies. I can’t help how my body reacts I get shivers up my spine and am repulsed when I see one! I want to get away from it just like a spider.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Amen PETA. Thrilled to see that you guys don’t ever back down for the underdog no pun intended. Shoving any animal into a plastic bag including insects is unthinkable. It disregards the most basic needs of life a natural substrate oxygen and temperature control. No animal on Earth should be treated this way. Impressive PETA. Impressive.

  • Judith says:

    Signed and sent on! Peace for all animals!

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    The plight of bugs in a bag is nothing compared to the damage done by upsetting the natural balance of bugs in your local environment. Importation of Japanese lady beetles has turned into not only a nuisance for homeowners but a disaster for native beetle populations. You have missed the point but I am glad serendipity has brought attention to something that shouldn’t be continued.