Say NO to Painted Seashells for Land Hermit Crabs sign now

Please say NO to painted shells for land hermit crabs.

Seashells are not fashion accessories - they are vital to the well being of land hermit crabs. The natural seashells that land hermit crabs use to protect their vulnerable abdomen and store shell water to prevent drying out.

Painting a natural seashell with bright colors and attaching jewels or ears, tails and pats from other animals encourage people to see these precious animals as novelties rather than living creatures. Decorating a seashell to sell a hermit crab with a 'Finding Nemo' theme, or other attention-grabbing popular theme of the time is a marketing ploy that can be harmful to the very animal it is trying to sell.

1) Often the paint cracks or flakes off, tainting the water dish or crabitat
2) Sometimes the paint or lacquer build-up can block the entrance of the shell, trapping the crab within it or causing irritation and stress.
3) Many hermit crab suppliers force the hermit crabs to move into the painted shells, removing the natural seashells and keeping the painted crabs in a separate tank so that they cannot change into an unpainted shell.
4) There have been situations in which a land hermit crab is trapped within a shell that is too small and has become trapped within the shell, unable to come out and walk or eat. There are graphic photographs available which show this sad reality for hermit crabs that are forced into poor fitting shells

Please view the link below if you are not yet convinced that painted shells should be avoided with land hermit crabs, an animal that should be treated with dignity and respect, not dressed up to the nines to make them an impulse buy.

http://crabstreetjournal.com/articles/lhcosociety/paintedshells.htm

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Latest Signatures

  • 06 January 2016895. Heidi S
    I support this petition
  • 05 January 2016894. Pat Dillon
    the people who make these should be shoved in toxic suit that are painted, see how they like it.
  • 05 January 2016893. Kayla Strong
    I support this petition
  • 05 January 2016892. Jared Archer
    I support this petition
  • 04 January 2016891. Mike Benton
    SAY NO TO PAINTED SHELLS!!!
  • 03 January 2016890. Misti S
    This is not as nature intended!
  • 03 January 2016889. Alex J
    I support this petition
  • 03 January 2016888. Riley Larson
    Painted Shells are terrible! Poor Hermies! :(
  • 01 January 2016887. Jasmine G
    I support this petition
  • 31 December 2015886. Katelyn Hoffman
    STOP MAKING PAINTED SHELLS
  • 31 December 2015885. Lisa G
    I support this petition
  • 30 December 2015884. Kara B
    I support this petition
  • 29 December 2015883. Amanda B
    I support this petition
  • 29 December 2015882. Haley Ritter
    You don't paint your dog, do you?
  • 28 December 2015881. Kim C
    We have to put an end to painted shell
  • 28 December 2015880. Jennifer E
    I support this petition
  • 28 December 2015879. Shawn Faulkner
    I support this petition
  • 28 December 2015878. Justin D
    keep them natural!
  • 27 December 2015877. Ej P
    В
  • 26 December 2015876. Tracy M
    I support this petition
  • 26 December 2015875. Jake S
    I support this petition
  • 26 December 2015874. Theresa G
    I support this petition
  • 24 December 2015873. Melanie K
    I support this petition
  • 24 December 2015872. Cheyenne J
    That is too cruel
  • 24 December 2015871. Amy W
    Painted shells are just wrong. Please stop using them and leave them in the natural shells they've come in.
  • 24 December 2015870. Clarissa Dodson
    I support this petition
  • 23 December 2015869. Andrew C
    My sister has 3 hermies and I love them. Thank you!

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Fernando StricklandBy:
Politics and GovernmentIn:
Petition target:
Land Hermit Crab suppliers and stores that sell land hermit crabs in painted shells

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