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PETA Inundated With Reports About Dying Frogs Purchased at Brookstone

Written by PETA | August 20, 2009

Since we posted our action alert about Brookstone’s boneheaded decision to sell live frogs and snails who are confined to minuscule “Frog-O-Spheres,” we’ve heard from lots of people who’ve confirmed our worst fears about the likely fate of these animals.



Brookstone has admitted that they aren’t screening potential “Frog-O-Sphere” customers, and their woefully inadequate recommendations for care—changing the water twice a year and feeding the frogs twice a week—are leading to snap decisions by unprepared people, as is likely the case with the person who posted this comment on Brookstone’s Web site:

“[T]he snail died in about a week (but really, who cares?). And the recommended 2 pellets a week is not enough (the frogs are so hungry they don’t move to conserve energy). When I started tripling their recommended meals, they became very active and cool. … Hopefully, they’ll last until I can buy a pet snake and feed them to it.”

People who are a bit more kindhearted have been flooding PETA with calls and e-mails about frogs and snails getting sick or dying, while callers to Brookstone’s customer service department who complain that their frogs appear to need medical attention are merely told to put the frogs in a separate bowl. Those who call about dead frogs and snails have been told that they should throw the corpses in the garbage and that new animals can be shipped or picked up at their nearest location. As a testament to Brookstone’s level of care, “replacement” animals are sent through the mail and handed to customers at the stores in plastic sandwich bags.

Other well-meaning folks are asking whether they should release the frogs into the wild, but putting non-native species into area waterways and habitats can wreak havoc on local ecosystems.

The continued sale of Frog-O-Spheres poses a clear threat to these vulnerable animals. Please add your voice to those of people who are demanding that Brookstone stop selling live animals once and for all.

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Therese Kutscheid says:

    It make’s me sick just to think about it. I wish and pray that bay law no living animal is perited in pet shops. Brookstone in my opinion should be hevily fined and closed.

  • Maureen says:

    As one of you readers wrote he purchased a larger aquarium for the frogs and that they seemed happier and he could not believe the store told him to feed them twice year and when he started feeding them on a regular basis they are thriving. Now it goes to show you the stores that are selling these little creatures do not know a thing about these frogs and snails their feeding schedules careliving space. Thank goodness this person took the time to help these beings or they too would be dead. So it goes to show you not only should people not purchase living beings but when you do not know how to care for them is sending them to their demise.

  • vicky says:

    this is so sick just to make a dollar they will sell anything! and yes they think they are disposable they just don’t get it.and the person who wants to feed them to a snake you just as mean!!!!!!

  • valerie says:

    I recently read where frogs are becoming extinct because of global warming I never thought much about it ubtil I started thinking ” You know maybe there is something to this I rarely ever see frogs anymor” and then we have people just letting these poor little creatures die for no reason shame on you!

  • Darla says:

    Halmark in Austin Tx is selling these frogs too.

  • Lindsay Meholick says:

    The staff at Brookstone I’m assuming are not trained to teach customers how to care for these animals. Therefore we are being optimistic by creating this as a goal. The product needs to be discontinued isn’t there another foot massager or poker game they could sell in it’s place? What is the difference? My god.

  • Teh Zombi Bunny says:

    i don’t think its a matter of not selling them but rather giving more proper care and providing customers with adequate directions for proper care rather then selling a lie that will cause an untimely death of an innocent creature

  • Raquel says:

    What business does Brookstone have selling animals anyway?!

  • David says:

    We don’t need some technology store messing with animals??? Man. Don’t understand… guess we have to get some protests at Nordstroms around the Nation to educate people. I posted a comment on their website on the Sphere item… basically saying it was pure torture… I doubt they let it be posted. Man Meg you serious? Thought you couldn’t do stuff like that in America? I’m sure prob some of those are endangered… which is against an international trade morantum against importingexporting endangered species.

  • Rebecca says:

    I agree. this is crazy. My cousin and I recently went into Brookstone and bought all of the stupid “frog o spheres” that they had. We then put the frogs into a huge aquarium and bought real frog insects for them to eat They are cool pets to own. I have to change the water almost every week in order to be able to see them. I have no clue where these idiots got 2 times a year. This madness must be stopped.

  • Scott says:

    Our local Hallmark store does the same thing with fishbetas I believe though I’m not a fish person so am not sure. I’ve even seen them dead in the tiny aquariums while still on display. Makes you wonder how many people consider them “disposable pets.”

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    If you think this is bad you should go to Los Angeles Chinatown and look at all the vendors selling frogs and turtles in tiny plastic boxes with no water or food in them.

  • April says:

    I almost considered getting one for my mother but after reading this…dont’ think so. How sad. I pray for those beautiful creatures.

  • Vinnie Charrot says:

    What a travesty on behalf of the the store. There should be policies against this kind of thing from occurring.

  • Emma-Louise says:

    mmm…is tat boy serious he was concerned about his frog but yet hes going to feed it to a snake thats hes going to get someday??

  • Jackie says:

    Whenever I hear about frogs being harmed I think of what Kermit the frog said in reply to Doc Hoppers new billboard for his frog legs restaurant. “I can see all those poor frogs on tiny crutches”

  • Tanisha de Villiers says:

    its absolutely disgusting to say the least.. Honestly i hope this shop gets shut down very soon.

  • Gina says:

    Ugh this is dreadful! Somebody needs to do something about this and take charge immediately. Those poor froggies and snails.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Man’s incessant mistreatment and massacre of God’s animal kindom is so rampant and systemic it makes compassionate people embarrased of the human race.

  • Matt Greenwood says:

    What a load of cruel heartless BS!