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13 GIFs That Will Destroy What You Know About ‘Seafood’

Written by Liam Cronin | September 26, 2013

PETA recently released undercover video footage revealing what really happens to live, conscious animals inside Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster.

We should warn you that the following GIFs are graphic and may not be suitable for children.

First, lobsters have their claws ripped off.

Then their heads are ripped off their bodies …

… before their tails are torn off.

And let’s not forget this step.

The dismembered lobsters’ heads and abdomens are dumped into a bin …

… where their antennae and legs writhe even after they have been torn apart.

If that weren’t enough, a man jumps on the pile of animals.

Crabs are violently smashed onto metal spikes.

This is done to rip off their top shells.

Sometimes it takes a few tries.

Their internal organs are scrubbed off by spinning brushes.

Then they are slowly lowered into a vat of boiling water.

When all this is happening—and even after it happens—the animals are still alive, as Linda Bean’s workers will gladly point out:

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  • Naz Sayani says:

    What is the need to do this type of horrible things to these innocent animals? Would you like it if it were done to you?

  • Kathy Hendricks says:

    This needs to stop! What’s the deal? Why don’t you kill them first?? Where is the compassion? One more question, how would you like this to happen to you? Unbelievable sick!

  • Jessica says:

    Please stop dismembering live lobsters and crabs, it is cruel and completely lacks empathy, and they have a central nervous system meaning they feel pain exactly as we do.

  • Terri Wasylycia says:

    I’m disgusted to be a member of a race that does this to another being, and even more disgusted that they seem to quite enjoy inflicting such excrutiating pain onto a living being. Who in their right mind would pull a being apart and brag that they live for hours afterwards? These people are mentally ill, heartless and shameful. I can’t describe the anger and repulsion I feel towards these people and the people who knowingly allow this to continue to happen. SICK, PERVERSE and so very UNECCESSARY. This must be stopped immediately, it’s appalling. I do detest humans sometimes. I’d like to see this done to the workers at this tortue shop.

  • rucira says:

    how soon before humans are processed for food? why are humans exempt.

  • gina says:

    sickening and barbaric

  • Sabine Selg says:

    Einfach nur schrecklich und grausam!! Mir fehlen die Worte!!!

  • Sandy Slatter-Raguse says:

    How disgusting is this. Breaks my heart.

  • Chris says:

    I don’t like what I am seeing here……..I don’t eat lobsters….

  • Trisha Dunn says:

    This is horrible! I will never eat sea food again. Please stop!

  • Criselle Pelim says:

    That is not good for ANIMALS!!!

  • KAY JOHNSON says:


  • Ilene says:

    How can these people live with themselves. Ripping apart a living thing. Where is their sense of humanity? Don’t even go there with they don’t feel it. It’s cruel, it’s ugly, and it’s WRONG!

  • Kathy Jay says:

    What in the hell is wrong with you people? At least kill the poor things before you start ripping them apart. C’mon. Karma.

  • carla says:

    STOP TEARING APART LIVE, CONSCIOUS ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • S. Quinet says:

    And you call yourselves human???? This is the most cruel, savage, disgusting and inhumane video I have seen- Shame on you! How twisted one has to be to commit such crime against nature! Our eyes are on you-we are watching you – SHAME ON YOU!!!!!

  • dianne cabelus says:

    This is dispicable.Completley inhumane. Anything living has nerve endings and pain receptors! Disgusting practice. I will be sure to let everyone I know about this.

  • jimmy says:

    this is just horrible ! I mean I dont think anyone deserve to die this way and so an animal !

  • Toni Medina says:

    Its break my heart. Please stop doing that. what if im the one who squeez you Mr/mrs? poor lobster. 🙁 i hope i can help in little way.i will share this blog to stop this horrible things.

  • Jacky Chan says:

    Stop this evil and most upsetting practice. Vile horrible people.

  • Melissa says:

    This is horrific!! What can be done? All creations need to be treated with dignity / respect!
    It’s hard to believe people actually do this & more!!

  • Cheriee says:

    Thats horrible and sadistic. Take a few seconds to be a decent person and at least kill them before they’re ripped apart.

  • Petra Frauenhofer says:

    Stop this Cruelty!

  • eirini dimopoulou says:

    I am so sad for what I saw

  • Abigail Blee says:

    Hi Linda Bean,

    The slaughtering of these creatures is despicable and it is clearly obvious that you think nothing of them only the money they bring in. I will never buy or recommend anyone buy your goods until you adopt a more humane method of killing these animals.

  • Sang says:

    Stop this cruelty


    STOP!!!!!! They feel pain just like you and me! They do not deserve to be treated this way! PLEASE!!! Choose to be kind and compassionate! In God’s name be humane to these creatures. They are God’s creation just as we are. STOP putting them through HELL!!! PLEASE!!!!

  • Berenisse says:

    Me my family and friends decided not to consume any of your products, even if we’re go to restaurants, we’re going to ask first what are their food provider, if you are in the list.. we’ll defenitely not going to eat there! until you educate properly your employees.

  • Bev says:

    Just stop and think about someone doing that to you.

  • Lisa Scenna says:

    Stop this senseless slaughtering of the shellfish… no different than any animal!!

  • Jennifer says:

    This is a disgusting practice that is barbaric and unnecessary! I will not be buying your products if this continues

  • Jennifer Woods says:

    What is going on here, that they feel the need to tear apart living animals, and allow them to keep living for hours afterward (according to the employee in the video)? How can anybody have approved this as company policy?

  • caryn shanley says:


  • Lenny Fuchs says:

    What if cows were ripped apart while still alive? Bears? Lions? People? What you are doing is rediculous.

  • Jean Craske says:

    Why is this happening,its very cruel,there is no need to treat these poor creatures like this, and it sounds as if the people doing this are enjoying it, sadistic psychopaths, stop it NOW, DISGUSTING

  • bagher says:

    nothing to say…

  • Abby Forzoni Accolti says:

    What is wrong with people? To think any life is less significant than another is ridiculous! All life matters!
    All living beings deserve love and respect!

  • rush says:

    No words to stay.
    If you are greedy enough to take an animals life, least give it some due respect. I hope this will help to stop the torching.

  • Judy Ericson says:

    This is barbaric.

  • Peggy Patten says:

    I’m appalled at what they do to our lobsters and crab etc…Please stop this pain and suffering.this is not necessary to do.Peggy Patten.

  • boycott cruelty says:

    These is disgusting…shame on you & your workers!

  • Caroline Baude says:

    I bag you to stop that. You should be ashamed to use such practises! You should not forget, that everything what you do in your live will return to you. Unbelievable that such methods are existing and don’t get fined.

  • Maria says:

    This is so cruel!!! People are such a sadistic animals!!!! Stop this abuse! Who do you think you are!?


    i am truly disgusted and sickened and heartbroken you are very sick moralless heartless monsters i hope you cant sleep at night!!!!!!

  • Anna A says:

    Please stop this madness. It is cruel and painful !!

  • outraged says:

    This just makes me sick. Every living thing has feels damn it come on people.

  • Sam Mehta says:

    This is CRUEL!

  • Brittany Brunetto says:

    horrible. There are more humane ways