PETA Statement: Rare Blue Lobster Belongs in Ocean, Not Imprisoned at Aquarium

Below, please find a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman about Bleu, a rare blue lobster caught this week in Massachusetts, who may be sent to an aquarium:

Bleu, like all lobsters, has a mind that’s just as bright as his cerulean claws and should be released back to his ocean home immediately, not imprisoned in an aquarium tank. Lobsters use complicated signals to explore their surroundings and take seasonal journeys of 100 miles or more each year. They suffer greatly in captivity or when torn apart and boiled alive for dinner. PETA encourages people to respect all lobsters by simply leaving such intelligent beings off their plate and choosing tasty cruelty-free fare such as vegan faux-fish fillets and crab-less cakes instead.

In addition, an eyewitness exposé from PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—of Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster revealed that slaughterhouse workers tore off live lobsters’ claws and then used metal pipes to pry their heads from their bodies. Parts of the lobsters’ bodies were thrown into the trash, while the animals were still alive and able to feel pain.

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