Animal rights organization accuses Maine lobster processor of cruelty to animals

Posted Tuesday, September 17, 2013 in News

Animal rights organization accuses Maine lobster processor of cruelty to animals

ROCKLAND -- According the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), released a video today that it says was filmed undercover at Linda Bean's lobster processing facility in Rockland.  PETA calls the treatment of the lobsters "illegal" and is calling for an investigation for animal cruelty.

Dan Paden, an evidence analysis manager with PETA, says that the organization sent an investigator into the plant earlier this year.  The investigator secretly made the video that showed the lobsters being pulled apart while still alive, and also shows a crate of lobsters moving around after their shells and claws have been removed.

"The crustaceans slaughtered at Linda Bean's are sensible to pain," Paden says. "The lobsters' legs are torn off and their bodies are ripped from their heads and their shells."

Maine law requires that animals used for food be killed instantly, which does not appear to be happening in this case.  PETA says that the animals could instead be electrically stunned or subjected to extreme water pressure.

The lobster industry reacted angrily.  Maine Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher said that the activities in the video are consistent with state and federal regulations, and that PETA's actions are "another disingenuous attempt to advance their agenda and negatively impact Maine's most important coastal industry."

The Maine Lobsterman's Association released a statement saying that lobsters do not feel pain the way higher animals do.  The University of Maine compared the nervous system of lobsters to that of insects.  However, PETA says scientific studies show that crustaceans have a pain system and considerable learning ability.

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