End the selling of hermit crabs
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Pledge to never buy a hermit crab from a pet store. This petition is in memory of my beloved hermit crab, Kermit. It’s important to know that hermit crabs do not breed in captivity, they are captured and stolen from their homes in the wild, shipped across thousands of miles and often forced to take toxic painted shells. Upon arrival to the pet stores, they are often traumatized, sick with mites, missing limbs, if they have survived at all. I will forever regret feeding into this cruel and unfair industry. By pledging, you are apart of ending the demand for hermit crabs in pet stores. They belong in the wild where they can roam, thrive and live to be 30 years old.
Below is my facebook post regarding the passing of Kermit and our attempt to rehome our surviving hermit crab, Dude:
"It is with a heavy heart that we surrendered Dude this morning to the ARL. After Kermit passed away, he searched the whole tank for her. We could tell he was sad as hermit crabs are very social animals. So, while bawling my eyes out, filling out adoption paperwork and Joshua comforting me, we gave him and many supplies to the south side ARL location where we hope he will be adopted by a loving family who already has knowledge and practice caring for hermit crabs.
Of course, I will always cherish my time with these amazing creatures, my first mistake was purchasing hermit crabs in the first place. It’s important to know that hermit crabs do not breed in captivity, they are captured and stolen from their homes in the wild, shipped across thousands of miles and often forced to take toxic painted shells. Upon arrival to the pet stores, they are often traumatized, sick with mites, missing limbs, if they have survived at all. Many times, I have entered a pet store and happen to peek at the hermit crabs and found them dead— and many times the workers do not know what to do or think it is not a big deal. I will forever regret feeding into this cruel and unfair industry.
Furthermore, if two adults who endlessly researched hermit crab care, had a 25 gallon tank with plenty of good substrate, climbing toys, fresh food and water, heat lamps and constant attempts to keep in the humidity (which they need to breathe) could not keep a proper environment, it goes to show that hermit crabs ARE NOT TOYS. They require time, supplies, large enclosures, multiple friends and expertise.
I urge all of you, do not buy hermit crabs from pet stores, and if you don’t already have them, do not buy them at all. Even buying supplies fuels the selling of hermit crabs.
If this has not deterred you from purchasing a hermit crab, please please, do not:
Buy painted shells for your hermit crabs.
Use wire or plastic enclosures without adequate substrate.
Use only sand as your substrate.
Only feed them hermit crab pellets
Or, buy as a “temporary” pet for your children.
There are many other things that should be added to this list. We had our hermit crabs for a year before anything went wrong, but they probably suffered in silence because we appeared to be doing everything right. Basically, what I am saying is that you can do your research and be 100% committed and you will still never make a good enough home for such beautiful animals, so just keep them in the wild."
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