This toad was slaughtered, stuffed, and sewn back together so it could be sold as a coin purse. These disturbing trinkets are seen as novelty items and are sold all over the world. No animal deserves to be mutilated into a material object. If there is anything to be gained from this horrible image then it should be to help the toads in your backyard. Together we can create a frog-friendly planet. Start today and start here: www.savethefrogs.com/how-to-help
The toad species is a Cane Toad, Rhinella marina, and this photo was taken at a trinket shop in Okinawa, Japan by Richard Coleman. It is important to know that not all of these toads have come from Australia and many come from where the toads originate. While the Cane Toad, also called the Marine Toad, is a pest species in Australia, it is native to Central and South America. In countries like Belize you can find locally caught toads that have been taxidermied in a similar fashion to be sold to tourists. The Cane Toad is seen by many as a villain, but where it is native it deserves to exist. Even if Cane Toads are invasive, this practice is quite barbaric and treats these animals as expendable and to be seen as nothing more than a trinket. Invasive species are a problem, but parading them around on your person is not something anyone should be proud to do.