Will Amazon UK Ban Sale of Live Animals After PETA Appeal?

For Immediate Release:

15 January 2018


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


Live Lobsters Are Currently Available for Purchase From Online Marketplace

London – After Amazon UK failed to respond to a letter from PETA requesting that the company stop allowing live lobsters to be sold in its Marketplace, the group is upping the pressure by encouraging consumers to contact Amazon’s UK country manager, Douglas Gurr, to urge him to adopt a policy prohibiting the sale of lobsters and all live animals immediately.

“Lobsters and other animals – from elephants to eels – feel pain and fear, have unique personalities, and value their own lives,” says PETA Director of Vegan Corporate Projects Dawn Carr. “PETA, along with scores of compassionate people, is urging Amazon UK to end the sale of live animals. It’s disgraceful to stuff thinking, feeling animals in the post as though they were nothing more than a pack of socks.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that lobsters are sentient, sensitive animals with sophisticated nervous systems who carry their young for around nine months, have been known to travel great distances, and can live as long as 100 years. Most, if not all, of those sold on Amazon.co.uk will be boiled alive – a practice so cruel that it’s now illegal in Switzerland. When they’re dropped into scalding-hot water, the frantic crustaceans writhe wildly and scrape at the sides of the pot in a desperate attempt to escape, and they endure a painful and prolonged death deemed “unnecessary torture” by an expert in marine biology

For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.