Fair Must Stop Giving Away Live Hermit Crabs as Prizes

Hermit Crab Robert Verzo

Target: Dennis Redman, President of Barry County Fair

Goal: Stop giving away live hermit crabs as prizes at the county fair.

At Michigan’s recent Barry County Fair, many booths gave away live hermit crabs as prizes. Hermit crabs may be small, but they are a unique and important species that do not belong in a tank.

In the wild, hermit crabs can live as long as 40 years; however in captivity, they usually die between one and four years. For those one to four years, they are imprisoned in a tiny tank all alone, fed an unnatural diet, roughly handled and neglected. In the wild, these animals will travel with up to 100 other hermit crabs. Forcing captive life upon hermit crabs is unnecessary and cruel.

Sign this petition and demand the Barry County Fair no longer use live hermit crabs as gifts. These animals belong in the wild, not tiny tanks.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Redman,

At the latest Barry County Fair, live hermit crabs were given away as prizes. For what hermit crabs lack in size, they make up for in uniqueness.

In the wild, hermit crabs travel in groups of up to 100 others and can live up to 40 years old. In captivity, life is much different for these animals. They are typically held alone in small tanks, fed an unnatural diet, roughly handled and neglected. In addition, hermit crabs in captivity typically die after only one to four years.

Please consider no longer using live hermit crabs as prizes. These animals belong in the wild, not in small tanks. Children would be just as happy with a stuffed animal.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Robert Verzo

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One Comment

  1. These animals aren’t prizes to be given out at fairs. They are living feeling creatures. They do not deserve their terrible fate.

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