‘Crustacean’ Contortionist to ‘Claw’ Local Crab Fest

PETA Protest Will Give Annapolitans Food for Thought About Eating Animals

For Immediate Release:
August 6, 2020

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Annapolis, Md. – On Friday, a PETA activist and contortionist dressed as a crab will lead a spirited protest near the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the site of the Annapolis Crab Feast—which is happening this year as a drive-through event and is reportedly the world’s largest crab feast. Other PETA supporters will hold signs proclaiming, “Sea Life, Not Seafood.”

When:    Friday, August 7, 4:45 p.m.

Where:    266 Farragut Rd. (at the intersection with Howison Road), Annapolis

“PETA is challenging people to think about what a crab feast really is—and that’s bushels of dead animals who felt pain and fear and valued their lives,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “With all the delicious crabless cakes, vegan lobster, and fish-free fillets available these days, it’s never been easier to leave aquatic animals alone and go vegan.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that crabs are intelligent, thoughtful animals who care for their babies for several months after they’re born. Yet every year, hundreds of millions of crabs are caught and killed for food in the U.S. alone. They are often thrown into pots of scalding-hot water and boiled alive. Others are electrocuted, chopped up, or microwaved—all while they are still conscious.

PETA opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, visit PETA.org.

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