PETA Statement: Rare Calico Lobster Belongs in the Ocean, Not a Tank

For Immediate Release:
January 14, 2019

Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Washington – Below, please find a statement from PETA Director Danielle Katz about Eve, a rare calico lobster who was caught off the coast of Maine and is being held by Maryland’s Ocean City Seafood, which intends to give her to an aquarium:

This lobster’s unique coloring shouldn’t land her in an aquarium’s tank any more than it should on someone’s plate. PETA has asked Ocean City Seafood to give this beauty her freedom and return her to the ocean, where she’ll be able to pursue everything that’s natural and important to her, and we’re encouraging diners everywhere to live and let lobsters live by keeping them off their plates.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that most lobsters taken from the ocean aren’t as lucky as Eve. An eyewitness exposé from PETA 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. Their remaining parts were thrown into the trash, while the animals were still alive and able to feel pain.

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