Bodypainted Protesters to Pose as Boiling ‘Lobsters’ in Vegan Appeal

Searing PETA Display Will Urge Lobsterfest Attendees to Keep Lobsters Out of the Pot and off the Plate

For Immediate Release:
August 1, 2017

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Rockland, MaineWhat:    Wearing little more than red bodypaint, red wigs, and giant claws, two PETA “lobsters” will be “boiled alive” in a giant pot with “Put Yourself in Their Place” written on it to protest the cruel Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland on Wednesday. PETA supporters will also hold signs proclaiming, “Being Boiled Alive Hurts” and “Try to Relate. Keep Lobsters off the Plate.”

When:    Wednesday, August 2, 12 noon

Where:    Intersection of Main and Park streets, Rockland

“When submerged in boiling water, frantic lobsters will whip their bodies wildly and scrape the sides of the pot trying to escape,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on everyone to enjoy delicious vegan shellfish rather than the corpses of tortured animals who didn’t want to die.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that lobsters are intelligent and unique individuals who use complex signals to establish social relationships and take long-distance seasonal journeys, often traveling up to 100 miles in a year. A PETA investigation of the Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster slaughterhouse revealed that live lobsters were impaled, torn apart, and decapitated—even as their legs continued to move.


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