Here is the letter/petition I am currently working on. I will print many copies and mail to every single manufacturer and pet store in my area. Also plan to mail a letter to PETA, and any other Animal Rights Activists I happen to come across.
Calci-sand is often said to be used for leopard geckos since they are desert animals. Some people do not realize that there are actually major risks in placing your leopard gecko on any kind of particle-based substrate such as bark or sand. The main risk is impaction which is a fatal condition for the species. Impaction is when an object is trapped in a body passage causing an obstruction. In the case of sand impaction, the ingested sand builds up in the leopard gecko's digestive system where it blocks the passage. And also, if they strain to pass the product, and they will end up with a prolapse which is also fatal and they will not recover on their own without surgery.
Often times a leopard gecko will lick things in its enclosure such as the substrate. This is a very easy way for it to ingest sand. They can also ingest it if sand gets into their water supply. And the quickest way they get impacted is simply by hunting. When they stalk prey such as a cricket and strike, they will get a big mouthful of sand right along with that cricket.
This company advertises that calci-sand is digestible because it has calcium. But actually, it is worse than any other kind of sand ever produced. The calcium makes it much more appealing to the gecko so they are more likely to eat it. Another common belief is that sand is safe for geckos over 6 inches long and their systems can pass it. And one last less common belief is that leopard geckos need things like sand in their system to help with the digestion of food. This is very incorrect. Their stomachs cannot handle materials like sand.
Some may argue that leopard geckos live in the desert so they live on sand in the wild. Why is it bad to recreate their natural habitat? Well, they live in areas like Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan. But they live in the areas that are rocky where the only sand is the fine dust of erosion of rocks or in arid grasslands. And why should you focus on making their enclosure like the wild? Most leopard geckos have never lived in the wild and are captive bred, and because of this, the species has become more and more delicate, they couldn't handle the outside conditions anymore.
Please join this campaign against this harmful product.