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Ask Beachwear Retailer WINGS to End Hermit Crab Sales

December 18, 2012
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BACKGROUND

Hermit crabs are sentient, shy animals who naturally shun human contact. In the wild, they travel in colonies that number up to 100 and they can live up to 40 years. But when kept in captivity, they typically die between the ages of 1 and 4. Sadly, countless people purchase hermit crabs on a whim as “pets,” usually without the knowledge required to meet the animals’ specialized husbandry needs or the inclination to commit to the years-long responsibility of caring for them. Stolen from the wild, peddled as cheap trinkets, confined to small “habitats,” roughly handled, fed improper diets, and forgotten when the novelty wears off, hermit crabs are doomed from the moment that they are captured. PETA has asked WINGS—a retailer that specializes in tourist goods, swimwear, and apparel—to end the sale of these animals in all 30 of its stores nationwide, but to no avail. Your voice is needed!

With so many products to offer tourists, WINGS can profit without causing suffering. Please join us today in politely urging the president of WINGS as well as the company’s individual stores to do the right thing by ending hermit crab sales. And please forward this alert widely!


WHOM TO CONTACT

Please send polite comments to:

Shaul Levy
Cofounder and President
L & L WINGS, Inc.
212-481-8299
wings.customerservice@wingsbeachwear.com

Individual Stores


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear President Levy,

I was shocked to learn that WINGS sells live hermit crabs, and I am respectfully requesting you discontinue. Please allow me to elaborate. Animals are sentient creatures with the capacity to experience complex emotions; being subjected to noisy environments, loud noises, bright lights, and continuous interference from unconcerned and curious consumers causes untold suffering, including confusion, pain, and fear.

Every year, countless people give in to temptation and purchase wild or exotic animals on a whim as “pets”, but very few have the knowledge required to meet the animals’ specialized husbandry needs or the inclination to commit to the years-long responsibility of caring for them. Stolen from the wild, peddled as cheap trinkets, confined to small “habitats”, roughly handled, fed improper diets, and forgotten when the novelty wears off, these animals are doomed from the moment that they are born.

With so many harmless products to offer tourists, WINGS could make a profit without causing suffering, but as long as you continue to unnecessarily capitalize on the suffering of animals, I will not financially support you and will share this alert by informing family, friends, and members of online communities.

Please make both the ethical and financially-responsible decision to discontinue selling hermit crabs immediately: join an increasing body of corporations who are listening to a concerned and attentive consumer population who refuse to be complicit in the inherently cruel industry of animal commerce.

Thank you for taking the time to read this important appeal.

NAME


hermit crabs are not toys,
they are not meant to entertain,
adults, girls of boys.
why not just let them
be, in the sea and the sand
amongst their own company.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


13 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2012 1:44 pm

    hermit crabs are not toys,
    they are not meant to entertain,
    adults, girls of boys.
    why not just let them
    be, in the sea and the sand
    amongst their own company.

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    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      December 18, 2012 1:46 pm

      oops name is kalmenson, not kalmensonen !!

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  2. cliffjos54 permalink
    December 18, 2012 1:59 pm

    We must address the sales of ” Siamese Fighting Fish ” at Walmart. these fish are held in very small plastic containers with barely enough water to cover them and NO oxygenation or temperature control. They are just stuck on a shelf and left. I have never seen anyone taking care of these animals. Let’s get started on this also. Thanks Cliff

    Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:12:22 +0000 To: cliffjos54@hotmail.com

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    • December 19, 2012 11:25 am

      We could do an alert. Here is their contact info: http://help.walmart.com/app/ask and the above letter could be tailored to address the fish. I can put something together in the next couple days.

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    • December 19, 2012 11:43 am

      May I use your words, verbatim, “these fish are held in very small plastic containers with barely enough water to cover them and NO oxygenation or temperature control”? I don’t know what the fish experience, but you do, so using your words would carry more impact. Thanks.

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  3. December 18, 2012 3:03 pm

    Emails sent thanks so much Stacey i sent emails to customer service and to the stores cosests to where i live thanks again Stacey great poem Karen and Cliff i know the very fish you are talking about i think Tetras or something they do look so sick and sad!

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  4. lindabadham permalink
    December 19, 2012 5:17 am

    WHO EVER THINKS OF DOING SUCH THINGS TO THESE CREATURES ? I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT KIND OF MENTALITY THEY HAVE ? THEY CERTAINLY ARE NOT NORMAL. JUST AS ANY OTHER CRUEL ACT TO ANY OTHER LIVING CREATURES ARE NOT OF THE NORMAL HUMAN BEING !!

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    • December 19, 2012 11:22 am

      I don’t understand how ANY of these “normal” practices could be considered anything but ABnormal. People can be so cruel and accept it as merely “normal”. Thanks, hon.

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      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        December 20, 2012 3:32 am

        sadly, it is we who are considered “abnormal” 😦

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  5. Deborah A. Niwa permalink
    December 26, 2012 12:04 am

    I have 2 hermit crabs ..I have read on them on here & have done everything that I have possibly can do to give them the best possibly home as IF they were in there home…they have sand to burrow & coconut hair & sea water as well as reg. water as will as tree limbs to climb as will as light & heat .. they have 7 kinds of foods to eat & as many protiens that I can read up on that they need.. the one climbs & seems will adjusted.. I clean there home every other month or so, so they are clean & disenfected..they have shells to change into.. & I have to travel 30 miles to get there shells… then again I wonder IF they are any safer in there own enviroment sence they got drowned in that last Oil Spill from the Gulf…so I figure I have had them now for a year & they are alive & happy… & I have not gotten tired of them & don’t plan on it.. so I am abnormal….

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