Stop Mailing Live Tadpoles for Cruel Science Experiments

Target: Bethany Jones, USDA Deputy Administrator of Legislative and Public Affairs

Goal: Ban companies from selling African clawed frogs as children’s science experiments.

African clawed frogs have been sold for decades as a science experiment. They arrive as tadpoles for children to watch as they become frogs. The problem with this is that the frogs still need care long after the experiment is finished. They can live up to 20 years in captivity, and will require much larger tanks than the ones that came with them. The kits usually have a small plastic tank that will hold less than one gallon of water, yet it’s recommended to house these frogs in at least a 10-gallon aquarium. The frogs are very skittish, yet there is nowhere for them to hide in the little plastic tanks.

What happens to these frogs after they’ve grown up? They usually don’t live very long, and it’s no wonder as to why. Educators and parents may think they’ll only need to care for these frogs for a few months and then they plan to release them into local parks, until they find out that African clawed frogs are considered an invasive species. In certain states a permit is even required to own them. Demand that these dangerous kits be banned and protect the African clawed frog.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Jones,

African clawed frogs are being sold in kits as an experiment for children, even though they are a huge responsibility. This leads to neglect and early deaths for countless frogs when kids inevitably lose interest. Their needs are not even being met by the contents of these kits, which supposedly contain all that’s needed for their care. Amphibians need hiding places, yet there are none provided or suggested. The tanks are also much too small, and these frogs require a varied diet, while the kits only include pellets.

One of the most important things for children to learn is compassion, so the proper care and treatment of animals should never be overlooked. These kits are dangerous, not only for the frogs but also for the children learning to treat living beings as disposable things. Some adults may get tired of caring for these frogs after the science lesson is over, and take them to local rivers and release them, even though the clawed frogs are an invasive species and pose a threat to any smaller animals. Please stop frog kits from being sold and endangering the lives of African clawed frogs.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Pouzin Olivier

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6 Comments

  1. Rosie Boyd Rosie Boyd says:

    What the hell is wrong with people? No living creature should be sold in a “kit” as a “science experiment”. I hope that the person who thought of this inhumane thing is reincarnated as an African clawed frog!

  2. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    Humans are so innovative! Isn’t it amazing the myriad of ways humans can find to mutilate, torture, abuse and kill other living creatures, right down to the tiny tadpole!
    STOP THE KILLING!!!!

  3. Margaret Melnick says:

    What the hell does science hope to learn from a tadpole. I can tell them tadpoles grow into frogs, frogs eat mosquitoes and other bugs I think that sums it up for tadpoles. As far as I can see they do more good than a lot of our so called humans. LEAVE THEM ALONE.

  4. FROGS ARE ENDANGERED AND GOING EXTINCT ALL OVER THE WORLD AND YOU IDIOTS ARE USING THEM FOR EXPERIMENTS, YOU SHOULD BE TRYING TO SAVE THEM, FROGS ARE A KEY SPEICES AND HAVE TO BE PROTECTED, SO DONT USE THEM FOR STUPID EXPIRIMENTS.

  5. You should also cut up alive, burn, and other absurd torments
    This is absolutely murderous, diabolic and unnecessary
    Is finally listening to animal experiments worldwide
    There are enough people for labortests
    NO MORE ANIMAL TESTING

  6. Who was so stupid and cruel to come up with this idea in the first place, to teach children cutting up live animals or having animals killed so that they can cut in them. What good will that do for them? Nothing! And especially stupid is that all children has to do it even if they are not even going to be anything related to science/biology. If you are going to sell hamburgers at McDonals or going to work in a bank, why do you need to learn how to cut up a frog. Sooo unecessary it hurts! Is the reason for it how to teach children how to be pshycopaths or?? I cant find no other.

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