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Thirty-Seven Frogs Flushed Down Toilet



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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 Wild Creations, the same supplier warehouse that makes the equally hideous "Frog-O-Sphere" for another corporate giant, Brookstone. In August 2010, a CHG store 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. 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.

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, JCPenney, 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.

Please keep all correspondence polite, as anything less will hurt our efforts.

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