Tell Learning Express that Frogs are Not Toys
  • Petitioned Sharon DiMinico

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Sharon DiMinico

Tell Learning Express that Frogs are Not Toys

    1. Laura Goldman
    2. Petition by

      Laura Goldman

      Torrance, CA

Among the "toys" you can buy at Learning Express, the largest educational toy retailer in the United States, are live African dwarf frogs encased in 4-square-inch plastic cubes.

Learning Express awarded Wild Creations, the manufacturer of the "EcoAquarium," a "Most Innovative New Toy" award. But Wild Creations would win no awards from PETA, whose undercover investigation of the company found "rampant neglect and mishandling of these delicate animals and total disregard for their needs, welfare, and lives."

Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor John Sanbonmatsu, who led a protest of Boston-area Learning Express stores, said of the frogs, "entombing them inside tiny plastic prisons is to condemn them to a lifetime of slow torture."

The frogs can carry disease as well -- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 85 people had been infected with Salmonella Typhimurium due to their contact with water frogs, including African dwarf frogs. Nearly 80 percent of those infected were children under the age of 10.

Yet the EcoAquarium is included on the Learning Express "Twelve Toys of Christmas" list for the 2010 holiday season.

Target and several toy chains have listened to protestors and pulled the EcoAquarium along with other frog "toys" from their shelves. Please tell Learning Express to make an educated choice and do the same.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. Reached 2,000 signatures
    3. Racked.com, Retail news site, reports on the campaign

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      A group of twelve hundred people want the nationwide franchised toy store, Learning Express to stop selling frogs. That's right - frogs. The Learning Express has been criticized before for selling EcoAquariums containing African dwarf frogs...

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. More Than 1000 Demand Toy Stores Stop Selling Frogs

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      From Action Figure Insider: "Campaign on Change.org calls on Learning Express toy stores to stop selling live frogs as toys, citing salmonella, environmental and animal welfare concerns."

    6. Send Learning Express a Message on Twitter

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Tweet at Learning Express (@LEtoysInc) to stop selling frogs. Use this sample tweet or send your own! "Back-to-School Salmonella? Tell @LEtoysInc to stop selling live frogs: http://chn.ge/oIe4nt"

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures
    8. CA Dept. of Public Health Issues Salmonella Warning for Aquatic Frogs

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      An alert was issued that certain pet
      aquatic frogs may carry bacteria that cause illness in people and should be withheld
      from sale to the public.

    9. Frogs Don't Belong in Toy Stores

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Ready to hit the toy stores and start your holiday shopping? At Learning Express, you can buy toy trucks, building blocks, princess dolls ... and live African dwarf frogs encased in plastic cubes.
      Last month, a group of animal rights advocates, led...

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    • Connie Brady LAS VEGAS, NV
      • over 1 year ago

      I'd like to put Sharon Dimico in a cube. Boycott these "Killing Express" stores.

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    • Ketra bock EUGENE, OR
      • over 1 year ago

      I had 2 pet frogs as a child. they were very real and I was taught and learned to respect life at a very young age. I ask, Will you ?

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    • barrett jorgensen DURHAM, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      why would it not be?

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    • Susan Kranyik WILMINGTON, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      Are you out of your damn collective minds? This is barbaric!!!

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    • Ellen Schindel DALLAS, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      I personally got sme by self but placed them in a larger tank and I don't tap on the glass like most people would or do mean things to them. I personally think that they should be in a pet store not a toy shop where kids throw think on the ground and in the air.

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