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