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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to African Dwarf Frogs

Written by PETA | December 10, 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.

Want some stomach cramps, fever, and vomiting with that Frog-O-Sphere?


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this Monday that a national salmonella outbreak has afflicted at least 48 people in 25 states—many of whom say they’ve been in contact with frogs like the ones Brookstone imprisons in its filthy Frog-O-Spheres. Huh, that’s strange … the illnesses began in June, the same month Brookstone started selling Frog-O-Spheres, and officials warn that African dwarf frogs are among the believed causes of these infections. Brookstone markets the Frog-O-Spheres as an educational product for kids. Seventy-seven percent of the people infected with this salmonella strain are children under 10, so I’d have to say that it’s evident that Brookstone doesn’t care about animals or people.

Our recent undercover investigation inside Brookstone’s Frog-O-Sphere supplier revealed thousands of frogs trapped in unfiltered water ridden with excrement and molted skin. And many of the plastic tubs that housed frogs shipped to customers contained the bloated, fungus-covered remains of decomposing frogs. That seems like a breeding ground for infectious bacteria to me. Now, I’m not a biologist, but Clifford Warwick—one of the experts who viewed footage of our Wild Creations investigation—is, and here’s what he had to say about the bacterial potential of Frog-O-Spheres:

[P]otential pathogens are so frequently carried and shed by frogs that it should be presumed that all frogs and every drop of water in the cube, as well as the cube itself, may potentially be harbouring microbes that may cause disease in many animals and humans.

Want to help prevent the spread of potentially lethal diseases? Take a minute to urge Brookstone to stop selling Frog-O-Spheres immediately.

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • Sarah says:

    hey these frogs arent bad not lots have gotten this diesease so why do we start worring about it now. keep your frogs just stay away from touching them. kids love these animals and why would they want to break their childs heart.the frogs dont mean to so dont blame the frogs blame yourself for acting bad.

  • Michelle says:

    Both amphibians and reptiles are very difficult to raise compassionately and with good results in captivity. My son’s school for science fair encouraged him and us for him to become the resident kid expert on cold blooded exotic animals years ago for Scouts to have him learn about geckos and at once point we had 7 different kinds of geckos. The most scarey and hard to deal with were the Tokay geckos from Vietnam who are both large vicious and you must keep them solitary or they will attack and destroy each other. You also have to wear metal gloves or they’ll take parts of your hand off. The pet store didn’t tell us any of that. The other geckos were less nasty but it was a daily serious hard work enterprise to keep their living areas clean and keep their diet even remotely balanced because they come from such distant tropical rain forest areas Malaysis Borneo Vietnam Laos Cambodia Guam Samoa. My son and learned alot about how different we are from them we cared actively for them but we were both “relieved” when the last one died of old age. I prefer my dogs and horses on any given day. No offense to our reptile friends or amphibian friends but salmonella was a daily problem we used all kinds of “green” products to avoid it but there were several contaminations. And the idea of feeding living animals to them was unthinkable to me. I fed them dried vegetable parts and losts of vitamin supplements so they were not on their regular staple mealworms crickets mice but I cannot harm living things.

  • Carla* says:

    Sooo true Brien!! Thanks for posting that!!

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Every living being including trees insects amphibians reptiles fish and mammals have the spirit of God in them. The more man interferes with them the more universal pain and suffering will resonate and manifest everwhere.

  • Jacob says:

    I can’t help but laugh when people get sick because they didn’t listen to us. There must be something wrong with me.

  • Belinda Slokker says:

    I guess that’s nature’s way of taking revenge on all mindless people who buy this horrible “product”…Too bad it affects innocent children and not just the parents ? who bought it!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Merry Christmas from Brookstone!! Hope you have health insurance cuz you’re gonna need it!!

  • Carla* says:

    Since the outraged and compassionate people couldn’t stop them maybe the outbreak can. They had a simular case where people actually died when they came into contact with infected green dwarf turtles and you guessed it you could have only found them in pet stores.