How does ethics relate to the breeding and selling of frogs?

The word "ethics" is becoming an increasingly popular word in the frog industry, and the pet industry as a whole. It is most often used to describe the breeding practices and/or husbandry procedures of companies that breed and raise animals, as well as the business practices of companies that sell animals to the general public. As a company that does both, we feel compelled to comment on the issue.

The primary definition of the word ethics is: "A system of moral principles". Every person's exact moral principles are as unique as a fingerprint, therefore we will simply outline the ways in which our system of moral principles bears itself out in what we do. When we breed frogs, we feel we have the responsibility of producing a quality animal, first and foremost. Not only is this necessary to satisfy our customers' demands for a quality product, but it is also our commitment to the health and survival of these frogs in future generations.

While the repeated inbreeding of a specific lineage of frogs (or the perpetuation of this cycle) will oftentimes produce a frog with a unique coloration and obvious consumer appeal, it will over time weaken the health and fertility of the animals. Our commitment to future frog health, as well as our ability to produce a quality product to sell, depends on us producing animals that are strong, fertile, and grow fast.

Animals that are inbred through line breeding are of no value to us as a breeder, because they cannot produce enough, or any, quality offspring. While we also selectively breed for color, and have many trademarks related to the specific color morphs we produce, the genetic health of our animals is and always will be our number one priority. When we sell frogs to the public, our number one priority serves as the foundation for our customers always getting what they paid for.

USA Frog, inc.
Dillon Wascher, President