Photos: Protester Poses as Boiled Lobster in Vegan Appeal

Photos: Protester Poses as Boiled Lobster in Vegan Appeal

Weymouth – Today, wearing claws and a red bodysuit, a PETA “lobster” lay on a giant plate – complete with to-scale cutlery, a garnish of “coriander”, and a wedge of “lemon” – right outside Weymouth’s annual Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival. The provocative protest told festivalgoers, “Try to Relate to Who’s on Your Plate. Go Vegan.”

“PETA is challenging people to think of ‘seafood’ as what it really is – sea life! Every serving is the corpse of an abused animal who didn’t want to die,” says PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner. “With all the delicious vegan lobster, fish-free fillets, and crabless cakes available these days, it’s never been easier for Weymouth locals to go vegan.”

Today’s fishing industry is deeply cruel and damaging to the environment, killing millions of “non-target” animals every year in addition to the intended targets of fish and shellfish, who are often crushed to death or gutted alive on the decks of fishing boats. A PETA US investigation into a crustacean abattoir revealed that live, sentient lobsters were impaled, torn apart, and decapitated – even as their legs continued to move. When boiled alive, it can take up to three minutes for lobsters and crabs to die, and they writhe in agony until they succumb.

Delicious fish-free fish fingers, vegan fish fillets, and even vegan prawns are all readily available – and they not only are better for animals and the world’s oceans but also offer all the taste without any of the toxins or cholesterol found in cruelly obtained fish flesh.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. High-resolution images of the action are available here. For more information on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327; [email protected]