Nude Protester to Pose as Plated ‘Lobster’ in Vegan Appeal

PETA's Provocative Display Will Give 'Maine Lobster Festival' Attendees Food for Thought When It Comes to Eating Animals

Wearing claws and almost nothing else, a sexy PETA supporter will lie on a giant plate—complete with to-scale cutlery, a garnish of cilantro and lemon, and a side of vegan butter—right across the street from the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland on Wednesday. PETA’s message to festival attendees is “Try to Relate to Who’s on Your Plate” and follows PETA’s investigation of the Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster slaughterhouse, which revealed that live lobsters were impaled, torn apart, and decapitated—even as their legs continued to move frantically.

Where:           Intersection of Main and Park streets, Rockland

When:             Wednesday, August 3, 12 noon

“PETA is challenging people to think about what lobster meat really is, and that’s the corpse of an abused animal who didn’t want to die,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “With all the delicious vegan lobster, fish-free fillets, and crabless cakes available these days, it’s never been easier to go vegan.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that lobsters are smart, unique individuals who use complex signals to establish social relationships and take long-distance seasonal journeys, often traveling more than 100 miles in a year. When dropped into boiling water, they whip their bodies wildly and scrape the sides of the pot in a desperate attempt to escape.

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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