Tell PetSmart to Cut Ties with Allegedly Abusive Hermit Crab Supplier

Target: Michael J. Massey, CEO of PetSmart

Goal: Stop selling hermit crabs from supplier facing allegations of animal cruelty.

In a recent undercover investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), workers from Brelean Corporation were reportedly witnessed cracking open live hermit crabs’ shells in order to force them into brightly painted shells. Many crabs were injured or killed during this process, and those that survived were dumped by the thousands into barren pens where they were deprived of shelter, humidity, and safe drinking water.

These stressful and inadequate living conditions, combined with the trauma of being taken directly from their natural habitat, causes hundreds of crabs to die every day, according to PETA’s undercover investigators. The living crabs didn’t fare much better, as many of them shed limbs from sheer stress before being shipped off in plastic bags to be sold in stores like PetSmart.

If you find this abuse and neglect of delicate animals unacceptable, tell PetSmart to cut their business ties with Brelean Corporation by signing the petition below.


Dear Mr. Massey,

A recent investigation alleges that Brelean Corporation, the supplier of your stores’ hermit crabs, keeps their animals in deplorable conditions. Deprived of their most basic needs, thousands of Brelean’s crabs were reportedly killed or severely injured before ever reaching their retail destination.

These hermit crabs, like all hermit crabs sold as pets, were taken directly from their natural habitats and kept in cramped, unlivable conditions before being shipped off in bags. This is blatant animal cruelty and it should not be tolerated. Please make the ethical decision to stop selling hermit crabs from Brelean Corporation immediately.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Jessica Diamond

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