PETA Descends Upon Delray Beach's Linda Bean in Protest (Video)

Photo courtesy Gregg Weiss
The ethical implications of consuming food have become quite the topic of conversation over the pat few years.

In terms of meat, many chefs and foodies want to know where it came from, what it ate, what the farmer is like personally, the conditions in which it was raised, how it was slaughtered, how long it took to bring it to the plate.

With the rise in awareness of veganism, vegetarianism, pescetarianism, and humane farming practices, it's fairly obvious that people are becoming increasingly concerned with the humane treatment of the foods they choose -- or choose not -- to eat.

It seems that animal rights organization PETA had a bone to pick with treatment of shellfish at Delray Beach's Linda Bean's Perfect Maine Lobster yesterday; demonstrators staged a protest in lobster garb in front of the Atlantic Avenue storefront yesterday.

The demonstration was staged in response to video footage released by PETA on Linda Bean's processing facility, Linda Bean Maine Lobster, in Rockland, Maine that resulted in PETA filing a cruelty complaint. In the footage, workers were found ripping the limbs and heads off live lobsters and grabs, leaving them to writhe around in bins and dumpsters conscious and alive.

The group claims that these actions violate Maine's cruelty-to-animals laws, which prohibits "intentionally ... kill[ing] ... an animal by a method that does not cause instantaneous death." According to PETA, crustaceans fall under the law.

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Linda Bean's Perfect Maine Lobster - CLOSED

200 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Lobsters may not be warm and fuzzy like dogs and cats, but they are living beings who feel pain and deserve to be treated with compassion. Kudos to PETA for exposing this abuse. I hope this slaughterhouse will switch to less cruel methods and that many compassionate people will be moved to leave these animals off their plates altogether.



Lobsters, like all animals, struggle to survive and fight to escape from sources of pain. There is no reason to torture these interesting and unusual animals. Anyone who has ever boiled a lobster alive can attest to the fact that the lobsters whip their bodies wildly and scrape the sides of the pot for several minutes in a desperate attempt to escape. If you wouldn’t drop a cat into a pot of boiling water and listen to her scream, there’s no justification for doing it to a lobster.

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