Stop Serving Frogs to Be Eaten Alive

Target: Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America Kenichiro Sasae

Goal: Ban the inhumane practice of serving “live sushi” in Japan.

Bullfrogs are stabbed, skinned, and prepared alive as a delicacy called “live sushi” in certain upscale restaurants in Japan. They are served with their organs exposed on ice with lemon and soy sauce, and their innards are eaten while their limbs flail, their eyes blink, and their hearts still beat. This is called “ikizukuri,” which translates to “prepared alive.”

Although the argument has been made that the squirming and struggling of the frog on the plate is simply the result of neurons firing, the frog’s brain is left intact and functioning, and it is sometimes skinned before it is completely beheaded. Its entire upper body is left intact and put on a plate, where it continues to flail and twitch. This leaves some question as to when the frog can be officially considered dead. Since the dish is literally defined as being “prepared alive,” it stands to reason that this is torture that the frog actually lives to experience.

This practice is inhumane and cruel, and it must be stopped. Urge the Japanese ambassador to use his influence to help put an end to this horrifying practice.


Dear Ambassador Sasae,

The practice of serving ikizukuri, or sashimi that is “prepared alive” as a delicacy is an instance of animal cruelty. The serving of bullfrogs to be eaten alive in upscale restaurants in Japan is inhumane and cannot be allowed to continue. These frogs are tortured, their brains left intact while they are stabbed and skinned. Their organs are eaten while their hearts are still beating, and the upper halves of their bodies squirm on the plate.

These frogs should not be subjected to this type of cruelty in the name of upscale dining. The fact that the bullfrog’s brain remains intact, that it is stabbed and skinned while its body remains in one piece, and that the name of the dish itself means “prepared alive” indicates that the frog does experience at least some if not all of the torture it is subjected to.

The idea of an animal having to watch while its organs are eaten is horrifying and disturbing. Please do not allow this inhumane practice to continue. I urge you to use your influence to denounce this terrible treatment of animals and ban restaurants from serving “live sushi.”


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  1. edward petner says:

    I hope that every person who does this suffers a slow and torturous death equal to the pain and suffering that they caused this frog. This is EVIL, and I hope that they go to hell and are forever murdered repeatedly like this frog. And for those who believe in reincarnation may they eternally be reincarnated as this frog. Cruel and heartless monsters they are to inflict such terror and pain on God’s frog children.

  2. When I first read of this, I went to to see if in fact it was a hoax. Apparently it is not. I am simply horrified that people would pay money to participate in this practice. What possible benefit can there be to actions like this? What does it say about the participants’ views about the sanctity of life? Humans can be so inhumane sometimes, it hurts.

  3. I agree this is torture plain and simple cruelty and they should put a stop to this i dont understand why people are always so cruel to these innocent frogs and animals of all kinds please put a stop to this

  4. Disgusting

  5. Vicki Muncie says:

    There is something seriously wrong with anyone involved in any part of this.

  6. I am SORRY but why are Asians so Fucking Gross! The stuff that goes on over in those Countries is Disgusting! They are Disgusting! It seems like anything to Abuse an animal or creature they will do…
    Time someone Stomps them OUT! and i mean any way possible!

    Waste of Humanity! at its Best!!

    • Alison Southgate says:

      You’re totally right Patricia. I was on holiday in the Maldives, unfortunately arose Chinese New Year.They were caught :- pooing in the sand in public, & in the sea by people snorkelling, hoyking up & spitting IN THE POOL, barging queue’s, eating ALL the day’s catch after the fishing trips, not just their own catch, dropping tiny hermit crabs into their Jack Daniel drinks….I could go on ! They were horrible dirty , selfish , ignorant ,cruel people . They totally spoilt it & even the staff were disgusted. Never again.

  7. I think they have no feelings at all. But what else can I say about humans who do not have any problem in becoming Kamikaze, in killing themselves …

  8. Shelli Schmidt says:

    Upscale pretentious people who need to get a life, you’re vile cruel beings if you find it acceptable to eat live frogs.I’m actually surprised they aren’t eating live dolphins yet, oh hail the Taiji hunt!

  9. If i had been from Japan, i would be ashamed about this.

  10. It’s time to evolve Japan. The world is telling you this is not right. You are viewed as cold barbaric people.
    Stop this, it’s horrific

  11. Yvonne Williams says:

    I am heartbroken and sick to my stomach. My husband works in television and I will beg him to not film or participate in anything involving Japan and adding to it’s economy. This is Frick’n barbaric and senseless
    Let’s all kick them where it hurts…
    In their wallets…films and t.v. generate millions…

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