Brookstone In Trouble for Running Illegal Pet Shops

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Posted August 24, 2009 by Rachelle Owen

Victory Update: Following a national PETA campaign, Brookstone has discontinued the sale of Frog-O-Spheres. Learn more about this victory for frogs.

Brookstone’s “Frog-O-Sphere”—a tiny plastic box containing two African frogs and a snail—is a guaranteed death sentence for the animals trapped inside, who are slowly poisoned by their own waste in these mini-prisons.

Brookstone store employees—many of whom are young and with no experience dealing with animals—are the only caretakers of these animals while the Frog-O-Spheres are in the stores. According to Brookstone’s head honchos, the only time these frogs receive any “care” is when employees briefly peer into the Frog-O-Sphere to check on the animals’ condition. After performing these spot checks, employees are instructed merely to write down whether the frogs are “expired,” sick/injured, or healthy.

Despite any store’s claim that it has a veterinarian on file (per the Frog-O-Sphere SOPs), sick or injured frogs never receive medical attention. Instead, these animals—who are sensitive to sound and even minimal changes in temperature—are merely stashed in the back of the store until they either die or recover on their own.

Treating animals this way should be illegal—and in New Jersey, it is. We did some digging and discovered that pet shops in New Jersey are required to provide veterinary care for sick or injured animals and must be licensed with the township in which they’re located—both are details that Brookstone seems to have missed. One Brookstone in New Jersey was even served with a cease and desist order after PETA alerted N.J authorities.

Plain and simple, these little animals are helpless, and are being bought and sold like nothing but toys. Please click here to tell Brookstone to stop selling “Frog-O-Sphere’s” in their stores now!

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  • 2491 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Why can’t kids just visit ponds to see frogs and snails instead of torturing them this way?

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