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Frog Legs Protests - Round 2!

Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,

Please join SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger this weekend as he leads the second round of protests at Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande restaurants in Arlington, VA and Bethesda, MD.

PLEASE RSVP HERE (to take part in, or to help promote the protests):
http://savethefrogs.com/froglegs-protests

Arlington, VA:
5:30pm Friday July 2nd at 4301 N. Fairfax Drive (in Ballston)

Bethesda, MD:
5:30pm Saturday July 3rd at 4870 Bethesda Avenue

 

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Why Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Restaurants?

Uncle Julio’s is a multi-million dollar chain of 16 Tex-Mex restaurants located in VA, MD, TX, GA, IL and FL. The restaurants sell American Bullfrogs farm-raised in China. These “Made In China” bullfrogs are known carriers of a deadly chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis). This fungus has driven 100 amphibian species to complete extinction worldwide – Gone Forever!

As well as spreading the deadly fungus, bullfrogs are harmful invasive species. Being farmed around the world has allowed them to invade 15 countries, where they eat native frogs and other wildlife - damaging ecosystems.

To date, Uncle Julio's Rio Grande restaurants have refused to address the fact that their trade practices are contributing to the worldwide extinction of amphibian species, completely ignoring our phone calls, Federal Express letters, and over 650 emails from SAVE THE FROGS supporters. They are showing complete disregard for the health of your planet.

Learn more at: www.savethefrogs.com/actions/frog-legs/uncle-julios.html

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WHAT HAPPENS AT THE PROTESTS?

The protests are peaceful and legal. SAVE THE FROGS! supporters walk the public sidewalks surrounding the restaurants, where we exercise our 1st amendment rights by:
(1) Distributing information on frog extinctions and the problems associated with the frog legs trade;
(2) Informing potential restaurant patrons of Uncle Julio’s role in frog extinctions.
(3) Collecting petition signatures from passersby who pledge to not eat at Uncle Julio’s until and unless the company stops serving frog legs.

These protests directly educate people about SAVE THE FROGS! and frog extinctions; they also result in fewer customers patronizing the restaurants and therefore directly contribute to the decreased revenues that will be necessary for the environmentally destructive company to remove frog legs from its menu.

Once you RSVP, we’ll send you ideas on some how to make an effective sign you can carry…that’s all you’ll need to bring! We’ll provide the info flyers and petition sheets.

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I CAN’T ATTEND THE PROTESTS, HOW CAN I HELP?

(1) Forward this email to your friends and colleagues in TX, VA, MD, IL, GA, and FL. Ask them to send it around as well.

(2) Email Uncle Julio’s CEO Todd Conger either at todd.conger@unclejulios.com or by using our pre-written letter located at http://bit.ly/frog-legs-petition
Prefer the phone? Call him at 972-554-6886.

(3) Post this 8.5x11” flyer in your school, office or at a local grocery store:
http://www.savethefrogs.com/actions/frog-legs/images/Flyer-Rio-Grande.pdf

(4) Have a website? Post this cool looking icon on your site:
http://www.savethefrogs.com/actions/frog-legs/images/uncle-julios-500-front.jpg
You can link it to: http://www.savethefrogs.com/actions/frog-legs/uncle-julios.html

(5) Post a protest event announcement on Craigslist: http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/

(6) Write a review of Uncle Julio’s on Yelp: http://yelp.com

(7) Join the Facebook Group "10,000 Texans Against Uncle Julio’s" (no you don’t have to be from Texas!):
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=107919159251557

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“The Life and Death of an Uncle Julio's Frog”
--A Frog Poem by Save The Frogs Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger

Jail me in a small pen with sick frogs jumping all over me.
Chop off my legs and skin me.
Freeze me and send me to the other side of the planet.
Cover me in flour and then throw me in a pan of boiling fat.
Put me on a plate and serve me to a loud drunk guy,
Who bites his teeth into me while people laugh.
At an Uncle Julio's Rio Grande restaurant near you.

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Thanks for taking action!
Have a great week and a happy 4th of July!

Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs - Founder, Executive Director, Ecologist
www.savethefrogs.com
www.savethefrogs.com/kerry-kriger