Urge Coach House Gifts to End Sales of Cruel, Deadly Frog Prison

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Originally Posted: 5 Sep 2010

Urge Coach House Gifts to End Sales of Cruel, Deadly Frog Prison

FROM People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

PETA's pleas to CHG have fallen on deaf ears. The company continues to sell these little torture chambers. Toys "R" Us, Target, Rite Aid, Eckerd, Walgreens, JC Penney, and Albertsons all pulled tiny tanks for fish and frogs from their shelves, and so should CHG.

Please join us in demanding that CHG CEO Craig Walker ban the sale of these cruel products.

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Craig Walker
CEO, Coach House Gifts
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Complaints continue to pour into PETA's offices about the sales of frogs in tiny plastic boxes at Coach House Gifts (CHG), the self-proclaimed "premier retailer of greeting cards, collectibles, upscale gifts and items for the home ." The tiny plastic prisons are shipped to CHG stores by South Carolina–based Wild Creations, the same supplier warehouse that makes the equally hideous "Frog-O-Sphere" for another corporate giant, Brookstone. In August 2010, the CHG store at the Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis, California, received a shipment of 40 frogs for sale in "EcoAquariums." A shipping blunder left the frogs to sit for an extra day— the ice packs melted, and as a result, 37 of the 40 frogs perished. Two teenage girls had to sift through the dead frogs in order to find the three survivors, and the dead frogs were flushed down the toilet.

Such things are not uncommon: During a PETA undercover investigation of Wild Creations, the group's investigator was told that approximately 180 frogs froze to death when Wild Creations employees failed to include heat packs with the shipment. The investigator also documented that Wild Creations shipped up to 100 "replacement frogs" to customers on a daily basis.

PETA's investigation also revealed unsanitary living conditions, starvation, and gross mishandling of frogs at Wild Creations' warehouse (watch the video). Frogs were left to languish in stagnant water that was murky with feces and molted skin. Many frogs were so desperate for food that they chewed on each other's legs, causing wounds, infections, and, eventually, loss of limbs. Live frogs were left on the floor to die or—mistaken for dead—tossed aside, including into the trash, by employees who had received no training.

Veterinarians, biologists, and other experts who reviewed footage from PETA's investigation of Wild Creations agreed that the 4-inch-by-4-inch plastic boxes were inhumane and inadequate. Renowned exotic-animal veterinarian and amphibian expert Kevin Wright wrote: "I believe the habitats being marketed are not appropriate for [the] lifelong care [of] African dwarf frogs and will cause chronic stress and suffering." Dr. Phil Bishop, senior lecturer at the University of Otago's Department of Zoology in New Zealand and Amphibian Specialist Group working group chair for New Zealand, wrote, "Certainly in my opinion the frogs are suffering a great deal, which has resulted in the death of many individuals. . . . These conditions of mass-production … are very stressful for the frogs and a large proportion would be expected to die within months of arriving at their new home after sale. I would support that this operation be closed down as it is unethical and unacceptable to treat live frogs in this way." Dr. Clifford Warwick, wildlife biologist and medical doctor, opined: "I should strongly recommend that on animal health and welfare, [as] well as public health grounds, these 'cubes' be prohibited from distribution."


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