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Experts Respond to Undercover Frog-O-Sphere Investigation

Written by PETA | December 9, 2009
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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.

Last month, a PETA investigator worked undercover inside Wild Creations—the supplier of frogs for Brookstone’s Frog-O-Spheres—and documented unsanitary living conditions, rampant starvation, and gross mishandling of thousands of frogs. Frogs were left to languish in stagnant water that was murky with feces and molted skin. They were so desperate for food (our investigator worked there for weeks before anyone was seen feeding the animals) that they were chewing on each other’s legs, causing wounds, infections, and, eventually, loss of limbs. Live frogs were left on the floor to die or—mistaken for dead—tossed aside, including into the trash, by employees who had received no training.

 

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We showed the disturbing footage to world-renowned experts in biology and herpetology, and their message was clear: Distribution of Frog-O-Spheres must stop forever. Clifford Warwick, a fellow at the Institute of Biology and one of the world’s leading authorities on herpetology, said, “The advice given by the ‘technical’ staff [of Wild Creations] about this product is less than amateuristic. It is blatantly false, and dangerous and will lead to the suffering and death of many animals, and possibly also lead to human disease and death. … [S]ales staff and workers … are being guided by superiors whose ‘knowledge’ is more dubious (and frankly dangerous) than even common sense would dictate.”

Tom Langton, who runs the frog conservation organization Froglife, reacted by saying, “The housing indicates gross negligence and effective intent to cause suffering and death of frogs and is in fact a breeding factory for pathogens. Such pathogens could spread beyond the immediate factory and into the external environment creating new criminal offences.”

You might not be a biologist or even know what a herpetologist is, but what do you think about PETA’s latest investigation?

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • David says:

    I’m adding some of this info to Brookstone’s Wikipedia article. I love the quote from the founder of FrogLife above. But I can’t put it on Wiki because Wiki considers a blog as not a source of reliable information I do agree. But all of the other claims in this blog are repeated on your website and a few other nonblogpersonal websites and in these cases they are considered reliable sources. Boston Herald actually JUST did an article on this situation too. Could you get that quote on your action page httpssecure.peta.orgsiteAdvocacy?cmddisplaypageUserActionid2737 for this situation please? keep up the good work!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    I received a Brookstone catalog in the mail the other day and it didn’t even make it into the house it went in the trash can beside the mailbox.

  • Carla* says:

    Unbelievable!! This is so wrong on so many levels. Thousands of frogs sentenced to death for being born. This needs to stop NOW!!!

  • David says:

    OK. We’ve yet to solve the human condition. I have a hard time worrying about animalsI’ve had the honor of sharing time with many don’t fang me out of ignorance…I wept when they passed on…from old age thank you… Thesis….the only thing humans have EVER been good at is destroying…whether its themselves or those around themenvironment animals trees whatever gets in the way….yes we as an individual or group can CHOOSE to make a difference…however if only a minimal percentile of the population chooses to do so…ok…pointless. Yeah….domesticated animals depend on humans….wild animals depend on humans staying out of the way…yes do domesticated animals suffer in mind boggling numbers at the hands of their supposed “owners”….absolutely….sorry people by and large tend to suck. Humans suffer the same at the hand of other humans who are too busy to care….or they are themselves the ones perpetuating the cruelty….and I’m sorry…actually no I’m not…but it SHOULD be more important to care for our fellow humans before animals…you must first balance this before the other…if we ever reach a point that we as a species can conduct ourselves in even a semblance of reason…well…I’ll be all behind worrying about everything peta stands for….if we can’t even care for eachother…what the hell chance does an animal stand? This is not a flame fest this is honest confusion your spending so much time money and energy on a symptom…not the root of the problem… Whoever reads and deletes this….I wish you could see as much as you wish I could see….show me I’m more than open to learning….respond if you dare. I may teach you. Best wishes

  • Brien Comerford says:

    God creates and man destroys. The human race has no shame for its ungodly and deadly mistreatment of creatures ranging from whales to frogs.

  • Lesa Taylor - McCabe says:

    PLEASE STOP this torture of frogs. They deserve to live normal healthy lives as much as you do! After watching this PETA video of how you treat this animals I will spread the world to everyone I know to boycott you and your “products”!!