PETA, the animal rights group. is trying to rent an old Jail in Maine (home of the Lobster) to house a "shrine" to the suffering of the lobster. You betcha, there is ethnic cleansing going on in Darfur, a maniac in Iran trying to get an atomic bomb, poverty going on across the entire world, but these moonbats want to spend money to rent an old Jail House to show the dirty tanks and crowded conditions of Lobsters in Supermarket and Restaurant displays. ISN'T THERE SOMETHING ELSE they can find to spend their money on?
Being Kosher, I never eat the little red creature, but it seems to me if the tank is dirty, I would be upset at the lobster's condition, but for the HUMAN's SAKE
Please take the time to read the rest of this post, while I BBQ a nice steak. All this talk of animals is getting me hungry:
PETA fights for suffering lobstersI guess it would be much worse if PETA Changed their ads from this
Animal-rights activists want to create empathy center for crustaceans
When was the last time you took time to think about the sufferinglobsters endure daily?
You may soon have the opportunity to do just that if you find yourself in the neighborhood of Skowhegan, Maine.
While the myth that lobsters scream when they're placed in boiling water has been debunked numerous times, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has taken on the burden of providing voices to the voiceless lobsters with the creation of the Lobster Empathy Center in the former Somerset County jailhouse, according to a report in the Bangor Daily News.
PETA sent a proposal to county commissioners to lease the jail building to be used for the tribute to lobster suffering. The proposed lease was assumed to be a publicity stunt by the realtor handling the sale of the property.
Commission Chairman Phil Roy found humor in PETA's choice of location for the center.
"I’m shocked and I don't know what to say. I didn't realize Skowhegan was the coastal community PETA was looking for," Roy said, jokingly.
Skowhegan is an inland town more than 50 miles from Rockland, home of the Maine Lobster Festival. The nearest body of water is the Kennebec River.
"The lobster capital of the state of Maine certainly isn't here," Roy said
.But PETA representatives chose the location not because of its proximity to anything related to lobsters but because it's a former jail.
"A prison is the perfect setting to demonstrate how lobsters suffer when they are caught in traps or confined to cramped, filthy supermarket tanks," PETA wrote in a June 2 letter to the commissioners. "The center will teach visitors to have compassion for these interesting, sensitive animals while also commemorating the millions of lobsters who are ripped from their homes in the ocean off the coast of Maine each year before being boiled alive."
Roy said he found it odd that PETA objected to the jail conditions for lobsters but never took the time to file a complaint on behalf of the human inmates who were incarcerated there.
The Lobster Empathy Center will include educational displays and "testimonials from top independent scientists confirming that lobsters feel pain just like other animals." One must wonder if these will be the same scientists who claimed lobsters, who have no form of vocal chords, scream when put in boiling water.
In addition, plans for the center include interactive exhibits such as human-size lobster trap where visitors will have the opportunity to have their fingers wrapped in large rubber bands that will remain on for the duration of their visit.
"At that point, visitors can be moved to a small, filth-strewn glass tank where they will be crammed together and confined for up to an hour," the proposal states.
The proposal also included a concession stand that would include faux lobster treats, and children would be given free stuffed toy lobsters with the words, "Lobster Are Friends, Not Food" written on them.
"Mainers have been dragging lobsters from their ocean homes for generations," said PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. "It's time for them to learn that these fascinating animals deserve more than being treated as mere commodities."
Roy said the offer will be treated the same as any other offer made on the property regardless of whether or not it's a publicity stunt.
Amy McLellan, a representative of Dawson Commercial Reality, said all the offers would be considered, but the county is looking to sell the property, not lease it, as PETA proposed.
"The property needs to be sold," she said. "Leasing is not an option, but we will look at everything. However, our big thing is not so much the price as the use. The county wants to provide jobs and get the property back on the tax rolls."