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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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  • Susan says:

    Kit, when it is your own choice, why do you choose for cruelty, evil and pain for the animals? By eating meat (dead body’s) you are as guilty as the killers to this torture.

  • Virginia Greenwood-Warner says:

    Oh Kit you are sooo precious comparing the “suffering” of plants to animals. By the way Nancy, the same kind of people who kill (butcher) seafood like this are the exact same ones which eat sea creatures and animals. Same ………………..

  • chandra says:

    evil and very bad karma

  • Adam says:

    It is a saddening moment, when someone tries to argue for cruelty, arrogance and selfishness. It also says a lot about the person who would stand by such statements. Always attempting to point at others, instead of exercising self-reflection. Is lust or gluttony an acceptable reason to end a life? It is probable to me, that this line of thought leads to robbery, rape or murder. It wouldn’t be acceptable if the above happened to us, would it? Such elitism only spares us the hardship of thinking for ourselves. Look at your abominable society, is it not such thoughts that lead us here? Faulty parallels are also the tools of the ignorant. Power comes with responsibility.

  • Christine says:

    Like so many today, money is FAR more important than empathy, this is just another indication of the depth of callousness of some of the human race out there today. WHAT are the authorities doing about it ???????? Here in australia they are supposed to chill seafood to sleep before any preparation can take place, but in SOME cultures I doubt that is even considered ! Too much cruelty in this world ! I hope LINDA BEAN’s restaurant goes broke !!

  • katie says:

    This is so sick. I feel so sick. I lost it when that poor crab was put against the brush. It was bad enough seeing that poor lobster freak out in pain when its claw was ripped off. I’m scarred for life. Thankgod i’ve never eaten sea food before i turned vegan. This hurts so bad..

  • betty says:

    I can’t believe wht I saw, I feel so sorry for them! The PAIN they must b enduring while having their heads nd tail cut off from their bodies! Gosh, what AGONY! Thts why I vouched I was NEVER eating lobster again!

  • chander kumar soni says:

    i love animals.

  • Jonah M. says:

    I’ve read the text and I was shocked about this cruelty and the evident emotionlessness those animals were tormented. So many people are calling themselves animal friends. But they obviously can’t forgo on eating meat, chicken, fish and other “seafood”. Just because other people are doing this. Have they ever considered WHY they’re eating meat??? I wish all of those people those would see those pictures and read the text. And imagine all this would happen to humans, babys and children included. They should bring it in the newspapers. I wish all those lies of the animal industry will find an end and many more people will become and stay vegan.

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  • Christine says:

    This is real gruel and humans call themselves civilized???? I never had Lobster in my live and i never will!!!! I don’t understand why ppl have to have Lobster in the first place,i never had it,don’t crave for it and i am just fine!!!!!
    If everybody stop buying anything with Lobster in it,they eventually slow down and stop fishing for Lobsters.
    This is just awful to watch!!!!

  • 4mula1 says:

    O M G !………… i thought the hitler era was over!

  • Olivia cole says:

    God created ALL OF US
    it’s only HIS right to take us away
    Shame on you, shame on all of you

  • Taya says:

    I just can’t believe this is happening. I can’t believe it. Animals are better than humans on so many levels! I am vegan and I think animals are kinder than most humans! Animals don’t do this!

  • Jocelyn Espinoza says:

    I didnt want to be aware of this industry because I enjoy seafood, but after seen this video, i dont understand why the must suffer before to die, dont make them suffer, give them a rush death, dont tearing apart while they still alive, be human, be compasionate, if you disagree with me, I will not buy any of your products until you understand they dont need to suffer because our grieve.

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  • Michael Banks says:

    Made me cry. So hard watching this stuff. I’m ashamed to be a part of the human race sometimes, so very cruel.

  • Mary Roberson says:

    And all this is done while they are still alive! Very disturbing!

  • Linda says:

    I can’t believe in this day and age that common sense hasn’t reached even commercially motivated businesses that it’s not necessary to make any living being suffer – how can we stop it?

  • chrissie hanslip says:

    Some say you are like an animal but an animal would never take such pleasure in tormenting another.How can you do what you do and sleep at night? I could call you bad names but would it matter to you? NO!

  • dina says:

    It is disgusting and shocking, even for a meat eater!!! Please stop this cruelty! Aren’t there more humane ways to prepare shellfish?

  • SK says:

    You may not be aware, but this carnage and pain you inflict on FEELING lobsters is totally unacceptable and I hope you enjoy being viewed now as the cruelest person ever. Please be more humane…there is still a chance for you….

  • Michelle Shafer RN says:

    It’s a shocking piece of photojournalism. Most of us never even think or realize what’s behind lobster-on-a -bun. We don’t talk about the pain and suffering of a crustacean during it’s live dismembering, when we take that first bite. Very sad, and time for a dietary change!

  • Wanda Cardenas says:

    Stop this barbaric practice!

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  • elisa kleven says:

    Stop doing this.