PETA Plates a Giant ‘Lobster’ at Maine Lobster Festival

Published by Heather Moore.

A PETA member attended this year’s Maine Lobster Festival naked and painted to look like a lobster. Sprawled out on a giant plate, she urged people to try to relate to lobsters and other sentient animals.

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Lobsters are more like us than many people realize. They, too, are awkward when they’re teenagers. They take seasonal journeys each year, often traveling for hundreds of miles. Older lobsters guide younger ones across the ocean floor by holding their claws. They can be right-handed, left-handed, or ambidextrous. And when left in peace, lobsters can live to be 100 years old.

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But when they’re dropped into scalding-hot water, they whip their bodies wildly and scrape the sides of the pot in a desperate attempt to escape. Experts agree that there is really no humane way to kill these sensitive, intelligent animals.

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“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind