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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2 Comments

  1. WHAT A SICK WORLD WE LIVE IN, FOR PITIES SAKE HOW CAN ANYONE BE SO STUPID, THESE HELPLESS LITTLE CREATURES SHOULD BE FREE. PLEASE GET A GRIP AND DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR A CHANGE.

  2. The crime is in thinking that small lives have no value. Absolute arrogance on the part of those who give these helpless, little creatures as prizes.
    Size is not an indication of value. Remarkable intelligence runs through all species and the more we learn, the more we need to protect and respect. Hermit crabs travel with up to a hundred others in the ocean and live up to 40 years, this reduced to a couple of years or a couple of months in captivity.
    This is nothing more than mindless abuse and cruelty. Needless, since there are many alternative cruelty-free prizes.
    It’s time that live animal exploitation is banned across the board, at fairs and all other “entertainment” venues.

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