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Brookstone Customer: Feeding Frogs Not ‘Crucial’

Written by PETA | December 29, 2009

Victory Update: Following a national PETA campaign against Brookstone’s sale of Frog-O-Spheres —tiny plastic boxes containing two African dwarf frogs—the retailer has discontinued the sale of these little frog prisons in its stores. Learn more about this victory for frogs.

The following is a guest post from peta2’s Rachel.

Quick! Think on your toes! What things in life do you hold dear? Is it friendship or family—or even just plain old freedom? All good things … and pretty essential, right?

Frogs imprisoned in Brookstone’s tiny tanks being so brilliantly marketed as “Frog-O-Spheres” are denied all of those things, even though they desire them as much as you or I. Why? To make a quick buck, of course.

Brookstone, what will it take to get you to stop supporting cruelty to animals? It’s not just us at PETA who are concerned—it’s your own employees, your customers, and millions of others who’ve seen our recent undercover investigation into the supplier your Frog-O-Sphere prisoners come from—where these frogs were seen being thrown around carelessly and even tossed into the garbage while they were still alive. Brookstone, the complaints don’t just come to us—they come to you. Check out some of the more concerning/awful/just-plain-dumb comments from the Frog-O-Sphere review page on Brookstone’s Web site:

“Our family cat knocked over the tank and ‘played’ with the the frogs for over three hours. I was able to find the frogs (scattered through the house), who were still alive??”

“It’s hard to keep track of which frog ate however many pebbles and making sure the other one got enough. … I guess it’s not that crucial though ….”

“My grandsons received this as a gift and we thought the ‘living gravel’ was the packing pouch of black/brown stuff. We almost killed the frogs before we started.

“A lot of people on here have said that their snail has died. It’s VERY common for the snail to die, they told me that at the store.”

Luckily, in large part because of e-mails and calls from people like you, Brookstone stopped selling snails in its tiny frog prisons, but frogs are still dying. Please call Brookstone and ask it why, after undercover investigations, employee concerns, and comments on its own Web site about frogs suffering and dying, it refuses to stop selling animals. Ask the company to do the right thing now.

Written by Rachel Owen

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  • Deborah Sienkiewicz says:

    I bought the frogs at a weak moment. Two days later I spent $70 on a real aquarium live drift wood live plants and frozen blood worms. The day I put them in their new home one of them swam around like he was on speed…so happy. Petco was very helpful and they sell these frogs also….but not in a horrific cube of death.

  • Virginia Belling says:

    I bought the frogs and now I feel bad for them. Is there anything I can do? I can’t set them free. What are the options for the frogs?

  • Kathleen says:

    I feel bad for the frogs. People think I am crazy but all my pets go to the vet including the tiny anole I had that I had to syringe feed and mist like 6 times a day due to his kidney issues. Plus why do people get these spheres. Why not just get an aquarium with a filter and put the frogs in it? They are much happier and like lots of territory and room plus places to burrow. Poor frogs ..

  • Jacob says:

    This article’s title would be great for

  • Cindy says:

    Weird how this has no comments. Frogs matter too I’m glad that people are speaking up for these frogs.

  • Lily says:

    I went to Brookstone’s FrogOSphere page just to see what bullcrap they were feeding their customers and saw this message on the page. “DUE TO OVERWHELMING HOLIDAY DEMAND AND COLD WEATHER IN MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY FROGOSPHERE IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ONLY IN BROOKSTONE RETAIL STORES. We apologize for this inconvenience but the safety of our frogs comes first!” Are they kidding with that last statement? I’m pretty sure the money they are getting off of imprisoning these poor creatures comes first to Brookstone. Ridiculous.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    How can the US Government allow Brookstone and other egregiously cruel entities get away with so many atrocious monstrosities against animals our fellow Creatures.