Very exciting news … just yesterday I told you about the “Frog Dissection Kits” that were being sold by menswear brand Jack Spade in its New York City store. After receiving PETA’s letter and a number of complaints from all of you, Jack Spade has announced that it will be halting the sale of the kits, and issuing a public apology! Three cheers for Jack Spade for saving animals from being needlessly killed. Here is the story from Reuters:
Shoppers at upscale U.S. menswear and accessory store Jack Spade in Manhattan’s trendy SoHo district were hopping mad to see frog dissection kits selling alongside $775 leather file cases and $145 Italian calfskin passport holders.
The $40 kit came in a cloth bag complete with a vacuum-sealed formaldehyde-treated frog, scissors, magnifying glass, forceps, probing sticks, ruler, instruction booklet on how to explore the animal’s innards, and a moist towelette.
After a barrage of complaints from shoppers and animal activists, the store said on Tuesday that it had cleared its shelves of the kits and would no longer offer them.
“We’re going to issue an apology,” said company spokesman Mordechai Rubinstein.
“The intent was to celebrate science and biology, present something educational for children and adults,” he said. “Jack Spade doesn’t support the unethical treatment of animals.”
Thanks to every single one of you who e-mailed or called. The millions of frogs and other animals killed for dissection each year asked me to give you all a kiss on the lips!