Lobster Zone ‘Games’ Cause Pain and Suffering

The Lobster Zone is a cruel “game” that’s found in some bars and restaurants. The arcade-style contraption allows patrons to pluck a lobster out of a machine using a joystick-controlled crane with an attached claw. Once caught, the lobster is dropped down a chute, boiled or cut up while still alive, and then eaten. But like all animals, lobsters can feel pain, and they suffer when they are injured, cut, or boiled alive.

Luckily, there are plenty of caring individuals who wish to end the use of these lobster-torture machines. If you happen to come across the Lobster Zone, you can help lobsters by doing the following:

  • Call and write the owner of the restaurant. Politely, but firmly, let him or her know that games are supposed to involve skill, fun, and prizes, not suffering—then ask that the contraption be removed.
  • If the tank is excessively crowded or if it looks as if there are dead lobsters inside it, complain to the local health department.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local paper letting people in your area know that all animals, including lobsters, deserve our consideration.
  • Report the use of these “games” to PETA by sending a quick e-mail to [email protected]. Include the name of the restaurant, bar, or resort as well as the location’s address and phone number. Please also include your personal contact information so that we can get in touch with you should we need more details.

Victory is possible! PETA has successfully worked with facilities to get the cruel Lobster Zone “games” removed, and it is all because caring people like you have taken action. These games have been removed from two bars in Illinois as well as from a Wisconsin Dells–based resort. By making your voice heard, you can help relieve the suffering of lobsters across the country.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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