“After you rip their claws and their tails off … they’ll crawl across the floor and everything.”

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There are things that no sentient animal should ever have to endure – things such as being torn limb from limb while conscious, being slammed face-first onto a spike, being tossed into a bin to die slowly or being boiled alive.

Yet that’s exactly what PETA US discovered is happening to lobsters and crabs at a seafood plant in Maine, USA. Here’s the sickening video footage from the group’s five-month undercover investigation into Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster in Rockland:

The abuse shown in the video is all the more shocking given scientific research that confirms how sensitive crustaceans are to pain. A recent study shows how crabs learn to alter their behaviour to avoid painful stimuli in the same way that other animals do.

Yet despite billions of these animals being caught and killed for food each year, they are rarely protected by even the most basic animal welfare laws. As the study’s author, animal behaviour researcher Robert Elwood, notes, the extreme and painful procedures inflicted by the food industry on lobsters and crabs “would never be allowed with vertebrates”.

Crustaceans may not fit many people’s idea of “cute and cuddly”, but they value their lives just as we value ours and suffer agony when they’re dismembered and boiled alive. Please don’t eat lobsters or crabs – or any other animal.

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  • Jackie Fenton commented on September 25, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Absolutely horrendous. This should not be happening.

  • Lauren commented on September 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    This is cruel and disgusting. Glad I am vegan and play no part in animal cruelty.

  • gloria percy commented on September 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Put her and any other cook in boiling water instead.

    The lobsters and crabs do scream when thrown in the boiling water.


  • Maggie Cranfield commented on September 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm


  • kalinka smithowen commented on September 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    This is horrendous, i have never eaten or even tried crab or lobster and will not enter any eating establishment who sell such meats. Discusting behaviour.

  • Dot Pleydell commented on September 25, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Can’t believe humans are so bloody cruel

  • Clare commented on September 25, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Absolutely disgusting, clearly they get pleasure from causing pain and suffering to another living thing. Sick!

  • Tracey Weate commented on September 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    …what a vile, disgusting barbaric ‘cess pit of cruel, abhorrent evil’ the sick human (HUMAN???) race is.

  • ria commented on September 25, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Totally vile and cruel i have never supported any fishing of any sort its horrible.

  • Louise Lawrence commented on September 25, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    So apart from pledging I want to become a vegan, how to sign up to ban Linda Beanes methods?

  • Chrystine Vernon commented on September 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    How can these sick BASTARDS live with them selves, I hope decent people boycott eating lobsters and crabs, hit these people in the pocket and they will soon stop !!!

  • anne watkins commented on September 25, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    disgusting really hope these sick people get wat they deserve no creature shud be put through that kind of cruelty

  • Nick Foglia commented on February 11, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I say kill them!!!! We should stop them killing off the tropical fish while we still can!!!! Crustacean bastards!!!

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