Lobstickle Obstacle: Company Drops Linda Bean

Published by Alisa Mullins.

In the age of “everything-on-a-stick,” it should come as no surprise that some evil genius (with the stress on “evil”) came up with the idea to chop off lobsters’ tails and skewer them on sticks. But the dreaded “lobstickle” may be an endangered species now that food-service provider Delaware North has vowed to stop obtaining lobster from Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster (LBML) after hearing from PETA about the horrific abuse caught on tape at the company’s slaughterhouse.

LBML had been advertising that its “lobstickles” were available at the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field and at Boston’s TD Garden arena, both of which are serviced by Delaware North. But in a letter sent to PETA last week, a Delaware North official told us, “We have asked that purchasing of LBML product be discontinued immediately and advised our sourcing and supply management to monitor and block such into the future.”

What convinced Delaware North to drop LBML like a hot potato? PETA’s investigator documented that workers tore live animals limb from limb, ripped their heads off, impaled them on spikes, and dumped them alive into boiling water, among other abuses. After PETA filed a complaint with the Food and Drug Administration, the agency inspected LBML’s slaughterhouse and cited it for serious food-safety violations that may be “injurious to [human] health.”

Good riddance, lobstickle! And if you’re planning to catch a baseball game at Target Field, may we suggest one of its many vegan options?

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