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Lobster Spends Century in Ocean to Become Seafood?

Written by PETA | January 6, 2009
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Last night we learned that City Crab and Seafood in New York City was attempting to sell a 140-year-old, 20-pound lobster to customers for dinner. We immediately contacted the restaurant and spoke with Manager Mitchell Rosen. Rosen let us know that they are unsure what their plans are for the lobster (they may keep him in his tank and “spare him” death), but have refused to hand him over to PETA to be released back into the ocean. Whatever happened to respecting your elders? And—you know—not eating them?

Because of the lobster’s sophisticated nervous system and high sensitivity to pain, boiling lobsters alive is completely illegal in some cities, such as Reggio, Italy (where offenders face a $600 fine!). But, unfortunately, more than 20 million lobsters are killed and eaten every year in the U.S. alone.

Even if City Crab takes the lobster off the menu, by keeping him in captivity they are likely sentencing him to death. Because lobsters are sensitive to water quality, they easily die if too much waste is created in their environment. In order to prevent the lobsters’ excrement from contaminating the tank water with ammonia, merchants normally do not feed lobsters, so the animals often starve or are reduced to attacking each other.

This lobster lived in the ocean for over a century, and we think he deserves to spend the remainder of his life in peace in his natural habitat—not in a pot of boiling water or a cramped, dirty tank. Since City Crab needs some persuading to release the supercentenarian lobster, we’ve contacted its parent company, Branded Restaurants USA. Hopefully the executives will show some compassion for this 140-year-old survivor! You can check out our full letter here.

Written by Liz Graffeo

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  • Kristin says:

    What is fisherman catches the lobster and eats it anyway? That would be quite a catch. It is great said lobster gets to live in the oceanbut how can it’s safety and longevity be assured?

  • kavita says:

    Oh its realy a great achievement………thanks PETA for doing so much for these speechless creature.

  • Max says:

    I’m very happy for the lobster’s liberation. Unfortunately the boiled lobster it isn’t a practice only for south Italy I’m writing from Palermo. I saw few times what happened and it’s terrible. Good luck Old Lobster because there isn’t a second chance

  • beth says:

    the restaruant released the lobster!! check out the blog about the victory httpblog.peta.orgarchives200901victory140yea.php YAY!! lobster liberation!

  • Douglas says:

    If PETA is willing to broker I’ll put up the cash to buy him. I’d assume he’d be released back into wherever he came?

  • Jesi says:

    Free the lobster! He’s made it this far leave it to man to screw with his fate. Don’t allow it!!

  • Vegan Red Neck says:

    Shame on us! A 140yearold lobster deserves to be free and not boiled so for a fat tourist to inhale.

  • Me says:

    This lobster deserves freedom as much as any other animal out there!

  • vegancoin says:

    the carelessness greed and the depravity of the human mind knows no limits. and i have everything against eating meat most xtian believers are just plain lazy.

  • aDRIENNE says:

    This is just terrible we should celebrate life he managed to get away from fisherman all these years and I think he deserves a life of freedom as do all animals some people are beasts more so than animals….grrr

  • jill says:

    The Manager I spoke to is named Jose.

  • nicole says:

    i want to know why the hell people boil lobsters and crabs alive??? what is the purpose??? i hate the idea of this

  • Jill Harper says:

    I just called the number I found online and they said that the chef has decided to let Peta have the Lobster? Is this true?

  • Emotional says:

    wow i just called and yes they still have the crab there! The employee said”yeah but I just work here i have nothing to do with that.” I told her to tell her manager about it. Hopefully she has consciousness. PETA Please inform us about this !

  • Denise says:

    See this is why so many species are dying out because we are greedy. I understand that Christ put animals on this earth for us to eat so I have nothing against eating meat. What I do have a problem with is how these poor animals are treated. This old man should be released back into the wild not kept as a pet or dinner.

  • jerome Knapp says:

    Lobsters are the main thing that makes me not want to eat meat. While I still eat some meat here and there I do boycott lobster. On AVERAGe they live to be 70 years old. It just doesn’t feel good to eat the guardians of the reefs.

  • stray says:

    Yeah I would like the number please!

  • Jill V. HArper says: 235 Park Ave S New York NY 10003 212 5293800

  • Nione Almie says:

    I hope they let him go. Being boiled alive is a horrible fate but being kept in their aquarium where they store their other food is almost as bad. Fancy giving out their phone number like you did with Armani so we can all call them?

  • Paul says:

    That is terrible! Can you post their phone number so we all can call them? That lobster not only has to be saved and released but back into the same area where he spent his life.

  • marie says:

    Did you guys see the story about the donkey who saved that woman’s life? Well the donkey is starving. I don’t know what I can do. If you look at the animal he doesn’t look good. httpwww.huffingtonpost.com20090106mulecreditedwithsavingn155788.html

  • HurricaneCiao says:

    Damn. Doesn’t this just say so bloody much about our attitude of brutality callousness and entitlement toward other living things? How charming it is the way they declare that this animals centuryandahalf of accumulated memory and experience and survival are worth no more than a few bucks and a flush down the toilet or at BEST a life sentence in a squalid box filled with concentrated amounts of his own waste. Please PETA do what you can to reverse this travesty.

  • Canaduck says:

    That makes me so sad. Good luck communicating with these people PETA.