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May 28, 2010 / V A Nichols

Tell Brookstone to Stop Selling Captive Wildlife

Brookstone at the Riverchase Galleria sells these ‘Frogospheres.’ They were called today, and they happily replied: ‘Yes, we have those in stock.’

May 28th, 2010

Tell Brookstone that we’re not backing down!

Dear Friend,

Several months ago I shared with you my horror at the “Frogosphere” being sold by Brookstone: two African dwarf frogs prone to illness and premature death stifled in a tiny tank for sale as (throw-away) pets. Thousands of you sent letters to Brookstone asking them to stop selling live frogs. Thank you.

But we still need your help! The Frogosphere is still on the shelves.

Recently, the California Fish and Game Commission decided to cease issuing permits for the importation of live turtles and frogs destined for live food markets. This was an important first step to addressing the threats these animals pose to the ecosystem as well as their propensity to carry the deadly emerging amphibian disease chytridiomycosis, caused by the highly infectious chytrid fungus, and other common, amphibian-spread, illnesses such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Pasturella.

Why would California prohibit sale of live frogs for food but allow sale of live frogs as pets? They are equally risky. In fact, the warning label on the Frogosphere even acknowledges this: “WARNING: Due to the potential risk of bacterial infection including salmonella, young children, the elderly and individuals with weakened immune systems should avoid contact with the frogs, the tank and its contents.”

Can you do a favor for me? No matter where you live, please remind Brookstone that we are still fighting this inhumane treatment of animals, will not back down, and will not tolerate them selling cruelty in a box. No more live animal sales!

California’s ban on frogs as food was a step in the right direction; now it’s time to move forward and address the issue of cruelly keeping them as pets. Let’s win twice on this issue!

With gratitude and with great optimism,

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