Stop Selling Hermit Crabs As Souvenirs

Target: Eliezer Tabib, President of Marco Destin, Inc., which operates Alvin’s Island, Beach Unlimited, and Tropical Waves stores

Goal: Stop the sale of hermit crabs at retailers operated by Marco Destin

Hermit crabs are fascinating creatures. But our interest in them should be limited to observing them in their natural habitat, not keeping them captive. Ask Marco Destin’s executives to stop selling hermit crabs as pets in their beach-themed stores.

Marco Destin, Inc. operates three different branches of beach retailers: Alvin’s Island, Beach Unlimited, and Tropical Waves. While the stores sell standard beach souvenirs and apparel, they also sell hermit crabs–despite the fact that most people do not know how to care for the crabs. These animals are sold as simply another disposable souvenir, one that will likely be forgotten once tans have faded and towels have dried.

In the wild, hermit crabs can live for up to four decades, but in captivity they are lucky if they survive for four years. The crabs have special food and habitat needs, and most people are unwilling to put in the time or research to properly care for a small crustacaen they bought on a whim while vacationing at the shore.

Tell Marco Destin that crabs, however small and “insignificant” they may seem, are living creatures—not souvenirs. Sign the petition and ask Marco Destin to stop selling hermit crabs.


Dear Mr. Tabib,

Beach souvenirs should remind us of happy times spent in the sun—not of the suffering of defenseless animals. But as long as Marco Destin retailers Alvin’s Island, Beach Unlimited, and Tropical Waves continue to sell hermit crabs, these animals will continue to suffer maltreatment at the hands of well-meaning but ultimately incompetent pet owners.

The crabs’ presence in beach stores alongside fun souvenirs and casual beach apparel sends the erroneous message that the crabs are simply another memento that can be impulse-bought and easily cared for. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, crabs require special care–and most owners are not equipped to provide it. The sad fact is that hermit crabs in captivity are lucky if they survive for four years–a mere tenth of their natural life span.

With so many other beach souvenirs in stock, Marco Destin can easily continue to conduct a healthy business without stooping to the sale of hermit crabs. Please do the right thing and eliminate hermit crabs from your merchandise.


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