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Live Animals Ripped Apart!

Update: A representative of Linda Bean's Perfect Maine reports that the company is no longer slaughtering lobsters and crabs at a processing plant previously operated by Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster. It appears that a company called Harbor’s Maine Realty, LLC purchased the property, and Harbor's Maine Lobster, LLC acquired the processing operation. It is unclear whether Linda Bean's Perfect Maine is involved with the new companies, but Linda Bean is still listed on the latest tax bill. Linda Bean's Perfect Maine also continues to buy and sell live lobsters, and restaurants operated by the company sell live lobsters and lobster meat processed by other facilities.


In 2013, PETA captured video footage of live lobsters and crabs who were being torn apart inside a Rockland, Maine, crustacean slaughterhouse doing business as Linda Bean's Maine Lobster (LBML).

This groundbreaking undercover look at how crustaceans were commercially slaughtered reveals that workers pulled off live lobsters' claws before shoving them into a metal tool that punctured their shells, and they slammed live crabs onto spikes. They ripped the animals apart while they're still alive and struggling.

At LBML...

  • The lobsters' bodies were ripped from their heads. Their heads were tossed onto a conveyor belt and dropped into bins, along with their abdomens, where their antennae and legs continued to move after their bodies had been torn apart. The lobsters "just get dumped in a dumpster," according to one worker. Another worker said that the mutilated lobsters "don't die right away. I mean, they'll live for hours."
  • Workers slammed live crabs—"[r]ight where the mouth is," according to one worker—onto spikes to break off their top shells. Workers then shoved the animals' exposed organs and flesh against rapidly spinning brushes.
  • The crabs survived the trauma, prompting one worker to point out, about a crab's writhing legs, "See how they're still walking around?" Workers tossed the mutilated crabs onto a conveyor belt, and the animals were dumped—alive—into boiling water, which Dr. Bjørn Roth, an expert on the stunning and slaughter of crustaceans at the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fishery and Aquaculture, points out "would not kill the animal instantaneously."

THESE ANIMALS FEEL PAIN.

Physiological and behavioral studies have confirmed that lobsters feel pain. Because lobsters do not have a centralized nervous system—but instead have ganglia, or masses of nervous tissue, spread throughout their bodies—they do not die quickly even if their brains were destroyed. Studies have found that lobsters' nervous systems continue to function even after they were dismembered.

According to Dr. Roth, LBML's crab slaughter process was "carving the animal alive and would no doubt cause unnecessary pain."

YOU CAN STOP THIS: Stop eating lobsters and crabs and share the video with everyone you know.

  
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