Every year, countless people buy hermit crabs on a whim as "pets," but very few know how to meet the animals' most basic needs or are ready to commit to the years-long responsibility of caring for them.
In the wild, these shy animals naturally avoid human contact and can live up to 40 years. But when kept in captivity, hermit crabs typically die between the ages of 1 and 4.
Stolen from their natural homes—where they travel in colonies that number up to 100—sold as cheap trinkets, confined to small "habitats," roughly handled, fed improper diets, and forgotten when they novelty wears off, these animals are doomed from the moment they're captured.
PETA has asked Marco Destin, Inc.—the operator of Alvin's Island, Beach Unlimited, and Tropical Waves retail stores, which specialize in tourist sundries, swimwear, and apparel—to end the company's sale of hermit crabs in its 35 stores, but our concerns have been ignored.
Please urge the company to do the right thing and stop selling live animals in its stores!