End the Plight of the Hermit Crabs!
Every single land hermit crab sold in souvenir shops -- thousands upon thousands every year -- has been caught from the wild, as these animals do not readily breed in captivity. After purchase, most do not live for more than a few months to a year. They spend their short captive lives in tiny, barren, arid cages, usually slowly perishing from suffocation because their modified gills require high humidity to breathe. These crabs also need deep substrate to molt and grow; without it, their bodies will halt the molting process until their death. Many are slowly poisoned by chlorinated tap water and the toxic paint adorning their shells. Hermit crabs don't care if they're pink or purple, but they pay with their lives because we do.
These efforts are all volunteer-run, and they cost money! We are out on the front lines in Virginia Beach for hermit crabs every summer, and organizing behind the scenes all year long. To save hermit crabs by the thousands, we need a lot of funding, and that's where you come in!
Every dollar counts, and will help us save lives. Please find it in your heart to speak up for these animals who are so often regarded as simple trinkets and tossed aside. Thank you for your generosity.
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Hermit crabs are complex animals who can live for over 30 years in their natural habitat, the tropical seashore. These social beings thrive in large colonies and often sleep piled up together. They enjoy climbing, foraging, and exploring and even work in teams to find food.
Every single land hermit crab sold in souvenir shops like Sunsations—hundreds of thousands every year—has been caught from the wild, as these animals do not breed readily in captivity.
At the boardwalk, hermit crabs are sold to tourists in tiny, barren cages with some pebbles and a plastic palm tree. Deprived of everything natural to them, they are destined to die in mere months.
To the souvenir industry, hermit crabs are nothing more than disposable trinkets.
Sunsations is a beloved family store—but it is also one of the largest sellers of wild hermit crabs on the East Coast. Its customers would be shocked to learn that these crabs are wild animals who are torn from their habitats to be sold in barren, crowded conditions that lead to their untimely deaths.
Please join us in telling Sunsations to replace the sale of living hermit crabs—who are so much more than mere trinkets—with non-living souvenirs that will truly last for generations to come instead of rotting in a cage by summer’s end.
Sign our Change.org petition TODAY: http://bit.ly/Sunsations