written by Stacy Griffith and Rose Marie Senary
Purchasing a hermit crab from a pet store is not a rescue.
ANY purchase of wild caught hermit crabs feed the pet trade cycle and sentences more hermit crabs to the same terrible fate.
By ignoring the fact that a pet store neglects the animals they sell and giving them your hard earned dollars, you are feeding the cycle. Corporate offices at major chains ignore the demands for better care because it would affect their bottom line. So long as people continue to buy wild caught hermit crabs and other pets from them, they will continue doing what they have always done. The Pet Trade Industry is corrupted by greed.
When the same hermit crabs sit in the store, unsold, for months at the time they will stop ordering more. This is a simple Supply and Demand scenario. When the demand (customers purchasing wild caught hermit crabs) stops, the supply will stop and the cycle will end.
So the next time you see hermit crabs dying in a pet store, instead of saying “Someone should do something about this!”, remember YOU are that someone. We are doing our part, please do your part. Adopt! Don’t Shop.