Let’s talk about an animal who deserves more attention: the hermit crab. All of us know someone who has had a hermit crab, and all of the stories are similar—like my story, for example: My little brother had a hermit crab when he was eight years old. No one paid attention to the hermit crab, he didn’t even have a name—he was considered a decoration—and he was placed solely in the care of an eight year old child. Needless to say, the hermit crab died—and no one noticed for days. Talk about a life of suffering and neglect. Tragically, this happens all the time.

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When allowed to grow up in their natural habitat, hermit crabs live in colonies of 100 or more—and they only live in warm parts of the world. Hermit crabs will only lay their eggs in the ocean and will not reproduce in captivity—so that means that every crab in every tourist shop and pet store was ripped away from his or her home and family. Yep, that’s right:

Hermit crabs are gathered in the wild.

That is not only CRAZY, but perfectly legal. Many of these animals suffer injuries and death from improper care at stores, from handling and transport, and from neglect by tourists who purchase them on impulse and quickly lose interest in them. Hermit crabs also suffer when disinterested owners release them into non-native habitats.

What does this all mean?

DO NOT buy hermit crabs—and if you already have one, DO NOT release him or her into the wild.

Want to do more for hermit crabs? Click here to tell Sunsations Inc. to stop selling them!