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Undercover Photos: Brookstone Frogs Living in Filth

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Posted September 1, 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—seriously?


For a couple of weeks now, we’ve been asking you to take action against Brookstone—the gadget store in most malls that sells expensive headphones, massage chairs—and frogs? Yep. Frogs, warehoused in tiny boxes on store shelves being sold by a company who claims the frogs only need to be fed twice a week, and only need their tank (aka prison) cleaned twice a year.

Despite complaint after complaint, Brookstone—a company that apparently has a heart of stone—is continuing to “package” frogs and snails together in pitiful plastic prisons and sell them to customers who don’t have a clue about how to take care of these extremely delicate animals.

Check out these undercover photos and horrifying details from a distraught Brookstone employee that confirm that frogs and snails are forced to languish and suffer on Brookstone’s shelves without veterinary care.

“Most parents will exclaim right in front of me that they are not going to help the child to care for these living creatures. Then when I offer to sell them the additional food they will tell me flat out that the frogs won’t live that long. It kills me that these frogs that can live to be 15 years old [won’t] even last 1 year as a pet in a controlled [environment] …



We did have a frog that had a growth on its bottom. We eventually transferred that aquarium to the stock room and the frog died. No vet was called … There is absolutely no policy or [veterinarian] contact in my store for sick frogs … when they do die we are told to “flush” them … The snails die even more frequently. We have a bag full of over 15 snails that have died in the last month.”

But, hey, no worries—if Kermit dies before his 30-day warranty is up, Brookstone will replace him for free! So long as you have your receipt, just flush and replace.

Please click here to tell Brookstone to do the right thing and stop selling frogs!

Stay loud!
-Rachel
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  • 1987 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Rachel….so help me out here…we DID get 2 frogs as a gift. I keep them right by me by my computer, and they are active and adorable, and I swear, one of them interacts with me! I got to thinking that this CAN’T be okay for them, and decided to google and found you…so…now what do you suggest? Is there something I can do to make these little guys happier? I’d be thrilled if they lived for 50 years, so let me know what to do, AND, I’ll e-mail Brookstone…no problem. It does seem like a no-brainer that these fellows can’t live like this very long. Talk soon…E

  • 2035 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    As visitors to the USA we could believe what we saw. These Frogs are meant to be in the wild and not kept for the amusement of children. This is extremely cruel

  • 2043 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Please- if you think that buying these frogs to ‘rescue’ them is helping you are WORSENING THINGS.
    You are happily handing over your money to this company so that they can harvest more animals and sell them this way. These animals need to be seized and released- not bought and sold.
    Even buying them out of pity is increasing demand and putting change into the pockets of the bastards who are doing this.
    If you live near a Brookstone and see these conditions CONTACT YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITIES. They can do more than you ever could, so long as you keep reminding them that animals have rights, too.

  • 2046 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I got one of these for my birthday present back in September, and I think my frog is very happy. I remember to feed him at least twice a week, and I clean his tank and replace the water twice or thrice monthly. My frog recognizes me when I go to feed him, and he even tries to investigate me while I read a book beside his tank.
    I can see how the storage of these frogs and snails is cruel, but it doesn’t mean that they all will go to irresponsible, cruel families. For children this is a very good first-time pet to keep. And like any animal they’re a responsibility, and they’re only as happy as how good the owners keep them. Cruelty can happen to ANY creature, and I’m pretty disappointed that the only thing PETA can do is nit-pick at the smallest details instead of trying to actually make the product better for the frogs by offering up suggestions and funding.
    Another case of complaining, but no action.

  • 2059 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My wife and I came across these “products” yesterday at the mall. We think its a vile act to market these to children. One of the frogs was dead and no employee took any action to or care for them. There were no information about the frogs, what they are, their origin, and their habitat(life span). The whole thing was suppose to be a “natural”, “green” product, but its no better than a goldfish in a baggie from the fair.

  • 2063 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is so cruel,keeping them in such condition is seriously not fair.
    how they can do all this ,dnt they hav heart.
    seriosly they have to stop all this

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    2069 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’ve never been much of animal activist, but I searched online after seeing this travesty in my local mall. This is terrible and I hope measures are taken against Brookstone for this despicable treatment of animals.

  • 2073 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It’s bad enough that they’re selling animals at a ‘gadget’ store but the way they’re handled is awful. There’s no doubt in my mind that the employees don’t act as if they’re selling living creatures. I was just at my local Brookstone the other day and the frogs were kept on shelves at a child’s eye level therefore making it easier for the poor little guys to be abused. There were many children and even adults who were shaking the tiny tanks as if they were Magic 8 Balls to see if the frogs would move.

  • 2097 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    well for one I work for Brookstone Company in Mexico Missouri and I sure am sorry for the way that OUR stores show these animals. But as a company in FULL we do not hurt any animals or anything else.

  • 2107 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My snail was really weak and eventually died when I first bought the tank. I eventually got a bigger snail and a bigger tank, about 4 times the size from the tiny tank brookstone sold me. They definitely seem much more happier. Also, my friend got the same frogs and her frogs ate two of her snails and she witnessed the encounter. It’s crazy!

  • 2130 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    my fiance and i read about these guys, so we bought a big tank with a filter and purchased some frogs, so as to save at least some from the torture…they’re living happy in their new bigger tank now. i just wish that we could buy all the frogs and help them out. this is so disgusting, and i wanted to smack the brookstone employee because she didn’t know anything about the frogs themselves. just some bull that they tell her to say. it was awful.

  • 2158 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    eweeeeewwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwweeeeee that is gross how would they like to be in a filthy tank

  • 2161 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I m shocked to hear that companies can still allow themselves to be so cruel to living creatures. As if there isn’t already enough suffering in the world why even to sponser and facilitate it out of ignorance is for me beyond understanding. It almost sounds surreal this story. can we do anything? Aren’t there and animal right laws protecting this helpless creatures?

  • 2161 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It’s pretty moronic if you ask me. Why would anybody want to pay that much for a frog when you can go outside and look at them?

  • 2161 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Brookstone is not a pet store! I will never shop there again! Peta should protest in front of the malls with dead frog signs!

  • 2161 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is so heart breaking and SICK what kind of person would be able to sell these helpless animals.. or buy them?..only people without a heart!! who dont believe animals are living things too just like us!!

  • 2161 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i saw it on the website just now because i was so unbelievably shocked that a place like this would do this to animals, LIVING CREATURES! :(

  • 2161 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is crrrraazy because even before i found out they had animals in the back room i still thought this was wrong.

  • 2161 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is absolutely ignorant and horrible.

  • 2161 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    poor dears .

  • 2161 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Wow. Disgusting.

  • 2161 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is absolutly Sick!!!!!

  • 2161 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is an OUTRAGE!!!!!

  • 2161 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    You know I hear more and more crap and I am beginning to lose all faith in humanity. Does it exsist anymore?

  • 2161 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    The people who are profitting off this are heartless losers!

  • 2161 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is disgusting, it’s unbelievable how heartless mankind can be.

  • 2162 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Poor things! I’ve sent a message.

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