Ask Retailer to Stop Selling Hermit Crabs as Pets

Target: Shaul Levy, co-founder and President of WINGS Beachwear

Goal: End the sale of hermit crabs in all 30 locations of national beachwear store

No trip to the beach is complete without a souvenir, but is it right to take home a living creature? WINGS, a beachwear store with 30 locations across the United States, sells hermit crabs among its many other beach-related merchandise. This exposes the aquatic animals to poor conditions and unnaturally early deaths. Stand up for the rights of living things, no matter how small–ask WINGS to stop selling hermit crabs as pets.

Captured from the wild, hermit crabs sold in souvenir shops are most likely to be maltreated by their eventual owners. While they may have the best of intentions, most people have no idea how to care for a hermit crab–where to keep it, what to feed it, how to interact with it. Like many other beach souvenirs, the crabs are likely to be forgotten and neglected after the vacation ends and the novelty of having a new pet has worn off.

In their natural habitats, hermit crabs live in colonies of up to 100 and can live as long as 40 years. In captivity, however, the crabs are confined to tiny cages and often do not live much longer than four years.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has requested that WINGS stop selling hermit crabs, pointing out that other merchandise provides a more-than-adequate amount of income for the chain. And yet, so far WINGS hasn’t budged. Help stand up for hermit crabs–request that WINGS remove them from the shelves as soon as possible.


Dear Mr. Levy,

Hermit crabs in captivity face a short life expectancy. In the few years they do have, however, they will almost certainly be mistreated. All marine life is precious, and hermit crabs are no exception. Please take a stand for marine life and cease the sale of hermit crabs at WINGS.

Although the people who buy them may have the best of intentions, hermit crabs are often maltreated or neglected by people who don’t understand how to properly care for crabs or who don’t recognize the responsibility that comes with caring for a living thing. As a result, many crabs are fed poor diets, handled roughly, or simply forgotten and left to die. The life expectancy for crabs in captivity is less than one-tenth what it is in the wild.

You have the power to make a statement about the importance of marine life, no matter how small and unassuming it may seem. Please take this opportunity to stop selling hermit crabs as pets.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Public Domain Images

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  1. More examples of the pet trade of animals that must be left in their natural habitats. Our homes are totally inappropriate environments for these animals.

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