Hermit crabs are sentient, shy animals who naturally shun human contact. In the wild, they travel in colonies that number up to 100 and they can live up to 40 years. But when kept in captivity, they typically die between the ages of 1 and 4. Sadly, countless people purchase hermit crabs on a whim as “pets,” usually without the knowledge required to meet the animals’ specialized husbandry needs or the inclination to commit to the years-long responsibility of caring for them. Stolen from the wild, peddled as cheap trinkets, confined to small “habitats,” roughly handled, fed improper diets, and forgotten when the novelty wears off, hermit crabs are doomed from the moment that they are captured. PETA has asked WINGS—a retailer that specializes in tourist goods, swimwear, and apparel—to end the sale of these animals in all 30 of its stores nationwide, but to no avail. Your voice is needed!

With so many products to offer tourists, WINGS can profit without causing suffering. Please join us today in politely urging the president of WINGS as well as the company’s individual stores to do the right thing by ending hermit crab sales. And please forward this alert widely! 

Please send polite comments to: 

Shaul Levy
Cofounder and President

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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