Saw this and various other DC-branded hermit crab accessories on clearance at the local supermarket. There were also separately packaged Batman hermit crab shells. Oy.
The Boca Raton News reports that on August 15 activist with the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida showed up at the Town Center Mall to protest against a kiosk there selling hermit crabs.
Animal Rights Foundation of Florida outreach director Fred Ellis told the Boca Raton News that,
It [selling hermit crabs] sends the message to kids that animals are here for us to use and abuse on a whim and they’re not. They belong in the wild, not locked in a plastic box.
ARFF communications assistant Loretta Murray added that,
They[hermit crabs] don’t reproduce in captivity so every crab in Crab Buddies kiosk was ripped away from his or her home and family.
Hermit crabs are apparently a recent fad in the area, and sell at kiosks for $20-$50 apiece.
Protestors get crabby at Town Center Mall. Kelli Kennedy, Boca Raton News, August 16, 2003.
On July 17 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent Gil the Fish
to lead a protest against fishing in Watertown, New York. In a press release
PETA gushed on about the horrors of fishing. “Fish feel pain — they
have neurochemical systems like humans and sensitive nerve endings in
their lips and mouths. They begin to die slowly of suffocation the moment
they are pulled out of the water.”
As Ingrid Newkirk summed up PETAÂ’s
view, “Animal suffering of any kind is not a sport.” PETA wants
a national ban on fishing enacted.
If it is wrong for fish to
suffer is it okay to shoot bears and birds that might eat fish?
In other PETA-related news
PETA urged people to send letters to Sundial Beach and Tennis Resort
on Sanibal Island, Florida, because an “Ecocenter” there sells
hermit crabs. According to a PETA release, selling the crabs is “disrespectful
and ecologically unsound.”
PETA demanded Sea Pines, South Carolina, abandon plans to kill 200
deer who are destroying plants in the area (selling crabs is unsound,
destroying flora is perfectly acceptable.)
In a bizarre twist, PETA wants Turner Broadcasting Systems (TBS)
to stop running a series of short spots called “Monkey Shorts.”
The shorts feature chimpanzees and orangutans dressed up as different
characters who move their lips and move around the screen as a human
voice over plays. The shorts are shown between TBS feature movies. According
to PETA, “even the most considerate of trainers cannot compensate
for the anxiety and frustration of such an unnatural life in captivity.”
Giant “fish” to tackle fishing in Watertown. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Press Release, July 16, 1998.
Help stop the sale of hermit crabs in Florida. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Press Release, July 1998.
Help protest the slaughter of deer at Hilton Head, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Press Release, July 1998.
Urge TBS to cancel ‘Monkey Shorts,’. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Press Release, July 1998.