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Victory! Raley’s Discontinues Sale of Live Lobsters

Written by PETA | January 9, 2007
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Victory! Raley’s has discontinued the sale of live lobsters.

Update: After Thousands of Complaints From Customers, Raley’s Has Agreed to Discontinue the Sale of Live Lobsters in Its Stores!

Earlier this week, a customer of Raley’s—which is a popular grocery chain in Nevada, New Mexico, and California—sent PETA disturbing pictures of live lobsters kept in tiny plastic containers barely larger than the lobsters’ bodies in a Raley’s store. After PETA put an action alert up on our site last night, thousands of people wrote to the company to ask that they abandon this cruel practice immediately and consider following in the footsteps of chains like Safeway and Whole Foods and discontinue the sale of live lobsters entirely.

This morning, we received an e-mail from Raley’s announcing that the company would do just that! Raley’s Spokesperson Nicole Townsend gave PETA the following statement:

Raley’s Family of Fine Stores offered live Maine lobsters to our customers for three days during the holiday season. Raley’s will not repeat this promotion or offer live lobsters in any of its stores.

It goes without saying that this is a massive victory for lobsters everywhere, who suffer immeasurably in grocery-store lobster tanks before being boiled alive. Raley’s compassionate decision—along with the example of Safeway and Whole Foods—sends a strong message to supermarkets everywhere that cruelty of this sort simply will not be tolerated. A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to write to Raley’s about this issue! Thanks to your kindness, countless lobsters will be saved from a horrific fate.

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  • lobter eater says:

    you people are all insane. lobster is yummy.

  • Lobstah Mahn says:

    I luhv lobstah

  • Syd says:

    Go Vegan? Y’all are tripping! Cows taste good. Chickens taste good. Pigs taste good. Lobsters too. You women need to get a life stop worrying about “food” and start worrying about that extra 60 pounds you are carrying your inability to find a man.

  • oswaldo javier picon peralta says:

    congratulations peta. i love the animals. we are heroes. stop…stop…eat lobsters.. they are righ to live…

  • sirena says:

    I am glad Raley’s foodstores has discontinued sale of live animals. Yay yay for the lobsters.

  • neha says:

    stop torturing these silent creatures . there can be a more human way 2 treat them . plz be human and stop ur practices.

  • lobsters have feelings says:

    my neighbor is selling lobsters out of his garage! my husband and I and are vegetarians and hate the bastard but we are recent homeowners… I want to free them every day when I hear that aquarium tank. I want to do something when I smell the poor lobster that doesn’t make it…the stink.. it hurts. Good fences make good neighbors but “lobster selling” out of a garage that is shady and wrong any advice??? sometimes I see him leaving his townhouse with a lobster in a styrofoam case wrapped in duct tape to escort it to its final meal or resting place. I try to look the other way like with all the other meat eaters and their ways. THIS is wrong… SDDC

  • lisa salazar says:

    I will never shop at Raley’s again until your inhumane treatment is stopped. What a shame that the workers there are so cruel and heartless. Animals were not put on this earth to be tortured and eaten!!

  • Paul says:

    In RESPONSE TO John….. I have to disagree with your comments for two reasons 1Putting lobsters in boiling water is far from humaneBoiling water is actually one of the most inhumane ways to prepare lobster. The most humane way I’ve heard is freezing a lobster like a sleep euthansia The only reason most people boil lobster is because boiling water colours lobster easier to break the shellclaws and people prefer it’s fresh rather than frozen. 2The fact that lobster undeniablely scream out in pain I feel is proof enough that lobster knowfeel pain therefore have a central nervous system. So I think your comments are naive flawed and inaccurate. You can’t preach about a creature you claim has no reasonable nervous system without certainity or proof to do so is IGNORANCE and FOOLISH!!

  • Ashley says:

    Thank you Raley’s for doing the right thing! Please do not abuse any animals anymore. And please do not listen to people like John who are not as concerned with protecting all creatures from pain and torture. Even the little creatures deserve our compassion and care. There is no proof that creatures like lobsters do not experience pain quite the contrary.

  • John says:

    Um what the hell? Animal abuse is a very bad thing but lobsters are crustaceans with a brain roughly like that of a grasshopper. This means they are far less intelligent than fish and have an extremely primitive nervous system. For example an article about these movements mentioning scientific studies claiming that lobsters don’t feel any pain at all httpwww.guardian.co.ukanimalrightsstory011917140805000.html Furthermore lobsters die at lukewarm temperatures. Exposing them to boiling temperatures actually kills them instantly and their twitching is a result of posthumous involuntary muscle contractions. Interestingly enough it is almost certainly infinitely more humane to boil a lobster than it is to put one in lukewarm water. You can still make the argument that lobsters feel some kind of primitive pain even if they die instantaneously when exposed to boiling water. While we lack an objective metric for pain people have 100 billion neurons whereas lobsters have 100000. This means that lobsters have 1100000000th that’s one tenmillionth as many neurons as people do. Small mammals on the other hand do have advanced nervous systems. While they are not as smart as people they feel pain. It wouldn’t be unreasonable at all to conclude then that given smallmammal deaths in the farming process we on average cause far more pain to animals by eating a slice of bread than by eating an entire boiled lobster as those little critters have exponentially larger numbers of neurons and certainly actually have the capacity to feel pain. If you guy care about preventing pain in animals and not just about feeling good about yourselves you have a moral obligation to consider these kinds of problems rationally. If you want to help deal with cruelty to animals rather than things you simply find distasteful you should probably focus on creatures that have a reasonable capacity to feel pain. Those of you who do try to help creatures with actual nervous systems and even do radical things to that end I respect. This on the other hand is a product of ignorance if not selfishness. Yes selfishness. It’s incredibly selfish not to think these things through for the sake of some fleeting selfsatisfaction.

  • Debra says:

    I am glad that Raley’s has agreed to stop the selling of live lobsters. I think it is horrible abuse to these animals. How would someone liked to be put into a bath of boiling hot water? I am sure they would be doing more than screching too. Thank you Debra

  • Priscilla Regan says:

    Thank you for not selling lobsters. God bless you Priscilla

  • fc leenders says:

    i like to eat lobster but not if they cooked aliveor suffer before i eat them.

  • amrita shinde says:

    thankyou for respecting the rights of another creature who has as much right to live and the right to a peaceful death as human beings that form a significant part of the world.

  • Gretchen Lutz says:

    As human beings we have the capacity for compassion and it disappoints me how often we choose not to exercise it. Without appreciation and respect for all things especially living things we threaten our own continued existence. It’s certainly nice to know there is a sizable population out there that grasps this concept.

  • Laura Blanchette says:

    Thank you and God Bless those of you who actually made the decision to stop selling live lobsters. All life deserves to be treated with respect and kindness. The question is not can animals reason. The question is not can animals speak. The question is can animals feel pain? And the answer is yes. And animals experience pain at the hands of humans. Thank you for deciding to take away some of that pain. I do believe that when we show compassion and kindness to all beings here on this earth we are showing compassion and kindness to God.

  • Sandra LaCoss says:

    THANK GOD MORE WON’T SUFFER BECAUSE OF DESPICABLE COMPANIES!!!

  • lynda krysa says:

    keep up the great work peta and please keep in touchlynda wales uk

  • marnie miller says:

    GLAD RALEYS WERE A WIN FOR US ANDTHE BEAUTIFUL VOICELESS ONES WE ALL LOVE AND ADORE!HOW ANYONE COULD LOOK THOSE CUTE LITL RED GUYS IN THE FACE IN SAY I’M GONNA EAT YA IS JUST CRUEL AND MAKES ME SADI’V HEARD WALMART EVEN SELLS THEM NOWWHATS THIS WORLD COMING TO?KNOWLEDGE AND OPENMINDNESS IS EVERYTHINGITS ARE ONLY HOPE TO HELPSO LETS KEEP ON FIGHTING!!!!!!THANX PETA CONGRATULATIONS TO RALEYS ON TAKING ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING A MORE FAMILY FRIENDLY CRUELTY FREE STORE.

  • Yash says:

    I am very glad to hear this but this is not the end we must continue to save thousands of other wonderful creatures to live a life of their own. In this 21st century we must learn to love respect all life on the planet created by God. Truly life is precious nothing can match it nor surpass it. God is great.

  • raemonde says:

    STOP ABUSING LOBSTERS! STOP ABUSING ALL ANIMALS! THEY DONT DESERVE TO BE MISTREATEDTHEY DESERVE TO BE TREATED WITH RESPECT!!!

  • Toni says:

    Thank you Rahly’s for doing the right thing.

  • katherine robertson says:

    we should stop using live creatures for our own benefit without a thought of them.

  • Christina Newbury says:

    Selling and killing live lobsters in stores is wrong in all aspects. I hope this comes to an end all over.

  • mary says:

    We must continue to take care of all life that surrounds us…

  • mary panos says:

    I would be very happy if Publix markets in Florida would realize the cruelty involved in lobster tanks where they are kept taped till being boiled alive