Joe’s Stone Crab to Feel Pinch Over Live Dismemberment

PETA Calls For State Crackdown on Tearing Apart Living Crabs

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382


A PETA supporter painted as a stone crab could make diners at Joe’s Stone Crab lose their appetite tomorrow as she writhes atop a “dinner plate” outside the restaurant, surrounded by protesters armed with a banner reading, “It’s a Rip-Off! I Feel Pain, and I Need My Claws!” The protest follows PETA’s release of new video footage that shows workers tearing the limbs off live crabs for Joe’s supplier and tossing the mutilated animals back into the ocean to suffer and die a prolonged death.

When:    Thursday, April 14, 12 noon

Where:    Joe’s Stone Crab, 11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

“Crabs need their claws to feed and defend themselves, yet they’re being torn apart—limb by limb—and tossed overboard to their deaths,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on anyone disturbed by this violence to leave animals in peace and off their plates.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) requires that claws be torn off live stone crabs—which causes agonizing pain and would otherwise be illegal under the state’s cruelty-to-animals law—so PETA, the largest animal rights organization in the world, is now challenging the requirement with a formal rule-making petition to ban this conduct. PETA’s attorneys are making the case that the FWC allows Florida’s $30 million annual stone crab claw industry to operate in an illegal manner.

The group also filed a criminal complaint with the FWC regarding workers on the vessel that supplied Keys Fisheries—the largest seller of stone crab claws in the state. PETA’s footage shows workers slamming a shark against the boat and appearing to carve out chunks of the animal’s flesh, tearing the mantles—which house the hearts and other organs—off live octopuses, and tearing live lobsters’ tails off before tossing the animals, still alive, back into the water—all actions that experts concur cause pain.

Broadcast-quality video footage is available for download here, and photographs are available here.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—notes that many faux-fish options are available today, such as Sophie’s Kitchen’s Plant-Based Crab Cakes, Gardein’s F’sh Filets, Plant-Based Tunafrom GoodCatch, and New Wave Foods’ new Plant-Based Shrimp.

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