Stop selling CRUEL "Frog-O-Sphere" kits!
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Stop selling CRUEL "Frog-O-Sphere" kits!

    1. Dan MacDonald
    2. Petition by

      Dan MacDonald

      Windsor, Canada

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Green Earth Stores market themselves as "eco-friendly", with a "green" image.

Yet they sell Frog-O-Spheres.
Frog-O-Spheres are kits containing live African dwarf frogs.
They are marketed as educational products - but in actuality are cruel and show a contempt for nature.
The fact that Green Earth stores condone the selling of these kits is in direct contradiction with their image. It is inhumane and they need to be called out on it.
The problem?
These aquatic frogs actually need a gallon of water per frog in order to thrive, and it is recommended the water is heated. The kits themselves - are basically a "beta fish" tank. A small, plastic "tank" which offers HARDLY enough room for these animals to survive.
It is supposed to work as an eco-system. The problem is, many of these were given away as gifts to people who did not take the proper time to learn about how to care for these frogs.
If the eco-system - which is indeed a very delicate balance of all the proper elements - is out of balance, the frogs will suffer and die a very slow, painful death.

Sure, they're cute. Your kids will love them. But it is cruel and without proper care, the animals usually die within a month or two.

I personally watched in horror as kids and adults banged and tapped on these kits which were on display at the front of the store. It was disturbing to see.
It is unnecessary.
Last I checked, Green Earth is not a pet store.
Let's please make it clear that we would like them to STOP selling these Frog-O-Sphere kits because they are inhumane, cruel and show an outright contempt for nature.
Hopefully if enough people sign this petition, we will make a "CHANGE" - and celebrate a big victory for the frogs and for Green Earth - for making a positive and more "green" change for the better.

I have confidence that the well-intentioned people at Green Earth will make the right decision and do the right thing for these beautiful and fascinating animals - who deserve much better.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. Green Earth Customer Calls on Store to Stop Selling Frogs as Toys

      Pulin Modi
      Senior Campaigner

      While Christmas shopping at a Green Earth store in Windsor, Ontario, last month, Dan MacDonald noticed products called Frog-O-Spheres — plastic tanks containing live frogs. Some of the frogs were pressed up against the plastic, while others floated...

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures

      Dan MacDonald
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone,

      Just an update: Plenty of news coverage coming this week, so stay tuned.
      I have been emailing Green Earth Head Office every day - daily update to the campaign.
      They are keeping very silent.
      I know the tactic. Ignore the activists and hopefully we go away.
      That's why it is more important than EVER to push this forward and show them we are NOT shutting up. We are in fact growing in number and demand they do the "green" thing.
      Two ways you can be active and help this cause:
      1) Repost/share this petition on your facebook / twitter / website - and email to all like-minded people to do the same.
      2) Email Green Earth Head Office and remind them that you are still waiting for them to do the right thing thing. Their email is:

      We must let them know that as long as we disagree with their use of live animals in their store - we will not support them.

      Thanks in advance and I will keep you posted!

      Dan MacDonald


      Dan MacDonald
      Petition Organizer

      Just a quick reminder - we are one week in - please email Head Office and remind them you are STILL on the case. They can't send that ridiculous form letter out twice!
      Let's keep fighting! We can win this!
      Email head office:

      Dan MacDonald


      Dan MacDonald
      Petition Organizer

      This week, this petition and the issue was featured for an entire hour on the Lynn Martin show. The Lynn Martin show is a long-running, very popular call-in show.
      Lynn Martin read the petition, I sat in for a brief interview and she took calls - which is the format of the show. People call in and give their two cents.
      I am happy to report - Lynn Martin told me the calls were overwhelmingly supportive for our cause!
      Almost all but one were in support.
      I saw a huge surge in signatures on this petition and received a flood of emails.
      A big thanks to Lynn Martin and AM 800 for the news coverage (we were also featured as TOP news stories on CKWW, CKLW and CIDR as well!
      More press to come...and some big announcements on the way!

      Keep spreading the word - and posting the petition to your contacts, your facebook, your twitter - and forward on to like-minded people.

      With sincerity and respect,

      Dan MacDonald


      Dan MacDonald
      Petition Organizer

      Hey everyone,

      Quick update - did a fun 2 part segment with Mix Mornings with Jay and Lisa D on Mix 96.7FM!
      Very fun interview - Lisa D was VERY into the cause, and she mentioned she will be posting the petition to her blog. You can check out their website below.

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures

      Dan MacDonald
      Petition Organizer

      The Green Earth Store has found itself in hot water after a local activist has targeted them for improper treatment of live frogs. The store sells Frog-o-Sphere kits, described as “eco-aquariums” and containing live African dwarf frogs. Animal rights activists claim the treatment of the frogs is improper as they are confined to a very small space, often sit in distribution warehouses, and have travelled many miles in the back of transport trucks.

      Dan MacDonald, who organized a petition independently (he is not affiliated with PETA, Windsor Animal Action Group or the Windsor Humane Society) explained that the kits, rather than teaching customers (mainly children) about eco-systems and the interactions of organisms in eco-systems, actually “teaches kids nothing. This is simply a cash grab. Kids see the frogs, they fall in love with them, they want one…and it’s an impulse buy.” link below to read more!


      Dan MacDonald
      Petition Organizer

      You probably recently recieved a reply from Green Earth - if you wrote head office. Everyone got the same response.
      Green Earth: Lovely automated response - and thanks for referring me to Peter Gasca. Ever google him? Lovely track record. This only confirms what we were already fighting for: There is a documented track record of inhumane treatment and storage of frogs. And Green Earth is SUPPORTING this. That is my beef. Marketing frogs as toys - that is my beef. Selling them as an eco-system in a store that is NOT a pet store...calling them "eco-toys". The fight is FAR from over, please, continue to write to Green Earth and tell them there automated response is NOT enough to shut us up. This worked with TARGET (who stopped selling the frogs) and Brookstone. It will work with Green Earth. Keep fighting! Email head office:


      Dan MacDonald
      Petition Organizer

      Please be sure to write to head office - their email is
      and let them know you feel about their stores selling Frog O Spheres. Every single signature and letter will help. I think we can and WILL win this. We just have to keep being persistent. Respectful. Firm. I like Green Earth. I always find cool gifts in there. They just need to realize that THIS "product" is so inappropriate. And we - their customers - will not stand for it.

      Let's make some noise and protect those frogs!

      Dan MacDonald.

    12. Reached 750 signatures

      Dan MacDonald
      Petition Organizer

      AM 800 CKLW - The Information Station has covered this issue as headline news - and for an hour feature on the Lynn Martin show!
      See below for the clip from AM 800's website:

      2012-01-09 07:12:36

      A push is underway in Windsor to stop the sale of live frogs. Claiming there's nothing green about selling frogs in plastic boxes, animal rights activist Dan McDonald has launched an on-line petition against the sale of so-called 'frog-o-spheres' at a store in Devonshire Mall. They include a plastic container, a frog, plants and rocks and are being sold and an educational toy for children. McDonald recommends going to a pond to learn about frogs. You can see his petition under the 'animals' section at


    14. The Petition Hits the Airwaves!

      Dan MacDonald
      Petition Organizer

      Monday January 9th - this petition will make the news on AM 800 CKLW!
      Don't forget to write to Green Earth Head office and let them know you're finished with them until they stop the sale of this cruel and unnecessary "product". is their email address. They are aware of this petition and are putting up a bit of a fight, refusing to back down so we have to send a very strong message! Please continue to pass this petition around and a firmly - but politely - worded letter to head office would be a great way to be proactive!
      Thank you all so much for pushing us to 500 signatures!

    15. Reached 500 signatures
    16. Story on this Petition in Windsor Star!

      Dan MacDonald
      Petition Organizer

      Here we go...more buzz is good buzz.


      Dan MacDonald
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks for pushing the signatures on this petition to almost 400 in less than 24 hours! I have been contacted by local papers and I have sent this petition with a letter of plea to Green Earth. Hopefully - and I am convinced - they will do the right thing. Please - if you can continue to spread the word, share this petition on your facebook and ask like-minded, compassionate people to sign - I am convinced we will send a strong enough message to make this little grassroots campaign a resounding success.
      Much appreciation.

      Dan MacDonald

    18. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kim Shank READING, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Green Earth Stores ARE A DISGRACE!!!!!

    • Marla Pineda-Aguirre TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Frogs and other creatures don't deserve to be imprisoned in every pet store in order to make more money.

    • Jill F. SOUTH LYON, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      Poor little froggies. :(

    • Bethany Sparks TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing this because I believe this company is an illusion for people who think they are buying green, fair products. This company used to illegally sell farmed Monarch butterflies in frames in provinces that deem this species as protected. I'd like to also add, I used to work at the Green Earth head office. My supervisor actually joked how they are not "green". Many employees are treated unfairly by this company, and I worked many many many overtime hours without being paid. It's more than just having these products that hurt our environment and these fragile species. When a company called "Green Earth" promotes such a product like these Frog-O-Spheres to the public, we can only believe that it's safe and wonderful. IT'S NOT. Don't support these products, and I suggest not supporting the company. The products are designed to fool you and make them tons of money.

    • wendy froman HAMILTON, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I have been keeping african dwarf frogs for years. These wonderful creatures need a bare minimum of 1-2 gallons PER frog, along with proper filtration, proper water changes and good quality food. I have seen these cruel devices at the store at Limeridge mall in Hamilton Ontario. I explained to the staff why I would no longer be coming, and subsequently stopped shopping there. I will not return until they stop treating living creatures as toys.


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