PETA to do flyover at Maine Lobster Festival
Rockland — When attendees arrive for the first day of the Maine Lobster Festival Wednesday, they'll be in for a surprise, courtesy of PETA, which has arranged for a plane to fly over the event with a banner that proclaims, "Keep Your Paws off Their Claws! Try Vegan."
The plane will circle the Lobster Festival Wednesday, July 30, from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. They will circle the grounds for 15 minutes at intervals of 15 minutes, according to a news release from PETA.
PETA, whose motto says, in part, that "animals are not ours to eat," hopes to remind festival-goers that lobsters feel pain and fear yet are killed in gruesome ways to be turned into seafood.
PETA's recent investigation, peta.org/action/action-alerts/undercover-expose-reveals-live-lobsters-crabs-torn-apart-2/>, of Linda Bean's Maine Lobster's slaughterhouse revealed that live lobsters were impaled, torn apart, and decapitated — even as their legs continued to move frantically.
"[Twenty] million of these sensitive animals, who carry their young for nine months, take long-distance trips and hold claws with their young, are still slaughtered for our plates every year in the U.S. alone," wrote B-52s singer Fred Schneider in an op-ed printed on the front page of the Portland Press Herald last week in advance of the fest. This year is the 35th anniversary of the B-52s' hit single "Rock Lobster," and Schneider urges everyone to let lobsters "rock on" by steering clear of lobster festivals.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
The Camden Herald editor Kim Lincoln has worked for Courier Publications since 2003.
During her time with the company she has worked for each of the three newspapers, The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald and The Republican Journal.
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