End the Plight of the Hermit Crabs!

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Raised by 38 people in 53 months
Hermit crabs are complex animals who can live over 30 years in their wild natural habitat, the tropical seashore. As social beings, they thrive in large colonies, where they often sleep piled up together. 

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. 

In 2014, I started up a new program, www.PlightoftheHermies.org, to inform people about this cruel trade. Over the last few years, we've made some incredible strides: Over 50,000 people have signed our petition to get beach chain Sunsations to stop selling hermit crabs. We saw the end of the Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge, a terrifying annual "race." We've gotten media coverage in The Virginian-Pilot and Lady Freethinker and an op-ed in One Green Planet. We helped PETA release the first undercover investigation of this cruel industry, opening millions of eyes. We've shown countless people around the world that crustaceans are sentient, intelligent animals, not souvenirs.

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.

NEW SPECIAL OFFER FOR DONORS: Contribute $25 or more and receive a FREE "Hermit Crab Freedom" tank top! Available in sizes XS-XL. Forward your proof of donation, address, and size to contact@plightofthehermies.org and we'll get back to you within 2 business days to confirm. Thanks again for your support!

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Read on for a special offer for donors! I'm so proud of Plight of the Hermies and how far we have come: Over 50,000 people have signed our petition to get Sunsations to stop selling hermit crabs. We saw the end of the Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge, a terrifying annual "race." We've gotten media coverage in The Virginian-Pilot and Lady Freethinker and an op-ed in One Green Planet. We helped PETA release the first undercover investigation of this cruel industry, opening millions of eyes. We've shown countless people around the world that crustaceans are sentient, intelligent animals, not souvenirs. So, to celebrate, and back by popular demand, we're offering a special deal: Contribute $30 or more and receive a FREE "Hermit Crab Freedom" tank top! Available in sizes XS-XXL. Forward your proof of donation, address, and size to contact@plightofthehermies.org and we'll get back to you within 2 business days to confirm. Thanks again for your support!
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We’ve just launched the largest campaign for captive hermit crabs ever: We’re urging beach retail chain Sunsations–one of the largest dealers of hermit crab on the East Coast–to keep hermit crabs in the wild! Join us today by signing the petition: http://bit.ly/Sunsations

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
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Friends, hermit crabs need your help again! We will be leafleting for them this Saturday at the Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge, and we need to print leaflets! Even if you can just donate $5, every little bit helps. Please spread the word, and if you can, come out and join us! https://www.facebook.com/events/693499610789117/
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Hi everyone! Please take a minute to help me help hermit crabs! Sign and share my petition urging local pet store Care-A-Lot to remove them from its store shelves! Thanks again for your support. https://www.change.org/p/care-a-lot-pet-supply-remove-wild-hermit-crabs-from-store-shelves
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LW
$35
Libby Watts
19 days ago

Size XL please!

$40
April Kiefer
21 days ago

Thank you so much for everything that you do for the animals!

JW
$10
Jillian Walsh
23 days ago

After I buying two crabs at wings for my daughter recently, I've discovered just how amazing these little guys are. Now that I am aware of how much these guys suffer before and after they are sold I want to do everything I can to help. They deserve to be recognized and respected for being the intelligent animal that they are instead of just a cheap souvenir.

LM
$100
Lori Monahan
2 months ago

You are a ray of hope

SC
$70
Sherrie Carter
2 months ago

Thank you so much for helping these precious hermies!

LW
$20
Libby Watts
2 months ago

Your the best for doing this, Laura!

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38 months ago

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