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Kids protest farmed frog legs in Virginia

You probably associate frog legs with French cuisine and its offshoots (they’re pretty popular in Southern Louisiana where I grew up)… but the United States is challenging France as the world’s leader in frog eating. That’s happening, in large part, because some restaurant chains now carry frog legs… which they generally import from farms in China.

According to non-profit Save the Frogs, this particular brand of animal agriculture is creating some pretty ugly biodiversity issues. According to the organization, “…farm-raised bullfrogs are known carriers of a deadly skin disease called chytridiomycosis, which has caused the extinction of up to 100 amphibian species worldwide.” Additionally, the introduction of bullfrogs into non-native habitats has led to the extinction of other frog species — the bullfrogs eat them — as well as damage to other wildlife and plant species.

So, how has Save the Frogs tried to educate consumers on the consequences of farming frogs? By protesting one of the larger chains with frog legs on the menu…

Young activists protest frog legs sales at Uncle Julio’s

On Sunday, Save the Frogs supporters protested the sale of frog legs outside of Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Café in Arlington, Virginia. When I say “young activists,” I mean it… eight middle and elementary school students were a part of the protest. According to Kerry Krieger, Save the Frogs’ executive director, the educational role reversal will likely make such actions more successful:

It’s great to see kids taking action and educating adults about the health of our ecosystems and simple ways to solve the planet’s environmental problems… With the help of students like those who took a stand in defense of the frogs yesterday, there’s a good chance frogs will be around for a long time to come.

Want to join in (or give your own kids a chance to learn more about frogs and other amphibians)? Save the Frogs is running a petition drive aimed at Uncle Julio’s. They’re also sponsoring an art contest for kids, and have a ton of educational resources available on their website.

You a frog leg eater? Possibly rethinking it? Let us know…

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