Victory for Lobsters! Illinois Bar Ditches Lobster Zone Machines

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2010 is already shaping up to be a clawsome year for lobsters! First, Kalahari Resorts dropped Lobster Zone machines from all its locations, and now Doc Ryan’s—a bar in Illinois—has also made the humane choice to remove the “game.” After we urged people to take action, it took a mere 24 hours (take that, Jack Bauer!) for Doc Ryan’s owner, Brian Sullivan, to decide to abandon the machines altogether. After speaking with a concerned customer, Sullivan learned about the cruelty behind the Lobster Zone game and, as an animal lover, told us he would never want to promote a machine that torments lobsters. For Sullivan’s swift act of compassion, we’re sending him flowers.

The Lobster Zone is an arcade-like “game” that allows its users to grab at terrified lobsters using a joystick-controlled crane. Once caught, the lobsters are dropped down a chute before they’re boiled or cut up alive. Restaurants owners often aren’t aware of the cruelty inherent in these machines. Lobsters are naturally very solitary animals. In the wild, they take long-distance seasonal journeys and can cover 100 miles or more each year. They become miserable and sick when they’re confined to tiny, filthy tanks. Helping lobsters at bars and restaurants can be as easy as telling a restaurant’s manager or owner these compelling facts and asking everyone you know to do the same. (And when that doesn’t work, PETA will take the case!)

Written by Logan Scherer

P.S. We’ve also learned that Doc Ryan’s serves a delicious veggie burger (and is open to even more vegan suggestions), so the next time you’re near Forest Park, Illinois, be sure to thank Brian Sullivan by stopping in for dinner.

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