Day after day, people walked by the lobster tank in the window of a Chinese restaurant on a busy street in Dublin, Ireland. Most probably didn’t take much notice of the doomed crustaceans lying listlessly in the cramped tank, their claws bound with rubber bands to remove any slim chance they might have of defending themselves.
But these people noticed—and they did something about it:
Members of three Irish animal rights organizations banded together to pull off the rescue. How did they do it? They simply walked into the restaurant and asked for a table, and while the server went to find one, they grabbed the lobsters and walked out. None of the diners appeared to take much notice, and no one tried to stop them. The nine lobsters were transported to a nearby harbor and set free.
“Would you boil a cat or dog alive? No. So why do people think it’s okay to do this to a lobster?” asked a spokesperson for the lobster liberators. “They feel pain. They feel fear. They suffer. Yet, over 20 million lobsters are killed in this way every year. How is it still legal?”
What You Can Do
If you ever see lobsters inside a tank at a restaurant or grocery store, complain to a manager and tell him or her that you won’t patronize the business until the tank is gone. Also, please continue to put pressure on Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster to stop ripping live lobsters apart during slaughter.