September 24, 2021

Upon hearing that Murdochs—a store in Galveston, Texas, that specializes in tourist sundries and apparel—sells hermit crabs during the tourist season (April through October), PETA asked the owner to adopt a policy that prohibits the sale and display of live animals, but our concerns appear to have been casually dismissed. Your help is needed now!

Hermit crab on sand

Lacking the knowledge, resources, or desire to meet the extraordinarily specialized husbandry needs of these animals, shoppers often buy hermit crabs as “pets” on impulse. These complex beings shun human contact, travel in colonies of as many as 100, and can live for up to 40 years—but in captivity, they typically die between the ages of 1 and 4. Captured in nature (because they don’t breed in captivity), peddled as cheap trinkets, confined to small “habitats,” roughly handled, fed improper diets, and forgotten once the novelty wears off, they’re doomed from the moment they’re taken from their homes. Furthermore, a PETA investigation into a major supplier exposed a horrific industry that profits whenever hermit crabs are purchased.

Join PETA in urging the owner of Murdochs, James Little, to do the right thing by not selling live animals at his store. Then share this alert with everyone you know!

James Little, Owner
2215 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77550

Please send a private message to the company via Facebook and also post a public comment on its page.

Murdochs on Facebook