End the Plight of the Hermit Crabs!

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Raised by 24 people in 35 months
Laura Lee Cascada  NORFOLK, VA
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. Check out this horrific video showing how hermit crabs are forced into these shells before they reach the storefront:  http://youtu.be/XYZZb-gkUIE 

I've started up a new website, www.PlightoftheHermies.org, to inform people about this cruel trade. Part of this effort will include handing out leaflets and tiny hermit crab toys every week at the Virginia Beach boardwalk all summer long, urging beachgoers not to purchase real hermit crabs, but to adopt crabs in need instead. To make this effort successful, we're going to 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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Posted by Laura Cascada
7 months ago
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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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Posted by Laura Cascada
29 months ago
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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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Posted by Laura Cascada
32 months ago
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UPDATE: The organizers of the Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge have agreed to allow us to have a table as part of the event to inform people about proper care of hermit crabs and urge them to consider adoption rather than purchasing crabs. This is a great opportunity to really impact people who will be more receptive to a table within the event than protesters outside. Therefore, we only need about 3-4 volunteers for this. Please contact me if you are interested in volunteering for the table at lauralee.wilson@live.com. Thank you all for your help!!
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Posted by Laura Cascada
32 months ago
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Check out this petition to help hermit crabs who will be bought and thrown into stressful, chaotic races at the Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge: https://www.change.org/petitions/william-kelley-cancel-the-mid-atlantic-hermit-crab-challenge

If you're in the area, please join us at the boardwalk on July 26 to inform people about these animals' complex needs and urge them not to buy a hermit crab for the event! https://www.facebook.com/events/801928963152575/801933193152152

Thanks for all your support! Please spread the word!
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Raised by 24 people in 35 months
Created April 4, 2014
Laura Lee Cascada  
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Emily Ballou
1 month ago

Thank you for your wonderful work.

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2 months ago
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Sherrie Carter
7 months ago

Thank you for helping Hermit Crabs!

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Amy Daniels-Newsham
27 months ago

Doing great work!

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32 months ago

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