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July 21, 2022
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Portland, Maine – The 45th anniversary of the dedication of Portland’s Maine Lobsterman statue is approaching, and PETA has cooked up an animal-friendly thought: Transfer with the instances, acknowledge in the present day’s modified understanding of the character and sensitivity of lobsters, and substitute the Lobsterman with a statue of an enormous lobster crushing a entice. The group despatched a letter in the present day to Portland Mayor Kate Snyder providing its rendering of the proposed substitute statue and urging her to make the change in recognition of the ache and torment that marine animals have suffered by the hands of the lobster trade.
“Lobsters really feel ache and concern, and since they’ll’t go into shock to flee ache, they endure enormously once they’re dragged out of their watery houses to be boiled or broiled alive,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA urges the mayor to greenlight a statue that might shellebrate these exceptional sea beings for who they’re, not for the way people exploit them.”
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals will not be ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info, please go to PETA.org or comply with the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.
PETA’s letter to Snyder follows.
July 21, 2022
The Honorable Kate Snyder
Mayor of Portland
Expensive Mayor Snyder:
I’m writing on behalf of Individuals for the Moral Therapy of Animals U.S.—PETA entities have greater than 9 million members and supporters globally, together with many who’re fortunate sufficient to stay in Maine—with a proposal that I hope gives you claws for celebration. Occasions change, and simply as whaling cities have reinvented what was an appropriate observe, we surprise when you would care to get forward of historical past by eradicating the “Maine Lobsterman” statue at Portland’s Outdated Port in recognition of the ache and torment that marine animals endure by the hands of the lobster trade. PETA U.S. would donate a poignant new animal-compassionate sculpture to place as an alternative, maybe one depicting an enormous lobster crushing a entice, as you may see right here.
It might be inconvenient for some to acknowledge that lobsters are exceptional animals, however we now know they’re. In the event you had a clumsy adolescence, grownup lobsters get it—they did, too. In addition they have a formidable long-term reminiscence and sophisticated social buildings and might stay to be about 100 years outdated if left in peace. Feminine lobsters don’t sit round ready for a fairytail prince: They provoke a relationship with the male of their selection. These dynamic decapods could be right-handed, left-handed, or ambidextrous, they usually talk utilizing an array of difficult alerts. Gearing up for a trip? Lobsters are, too. They take seasonal journeys, touring greater than 100 miles every year.
Regrettably, lots of them received’t return house. Regardless that these delicate people have bundles of nerve tissue all through their our bodies and their capacity to really feel ache is properly documented, they’re trapped and killed by people. In his essay that turned the culinary world on its head—“Contemplate the Lobster”—famend author David Foster Wallace pleaded the lobsters’ case, asking, “Is all of it proper to boil a sentient creature alive only for our gustatory pleasure?”
As extra info on decapod ache receptivity and sentience is found, it’s unattainable to disregard that it’s barbaric to restrict these sea animals to crowded, low-oxygen tanks and boil or broil them whereas they’re nonetheless aware and enduring ache. Lobsters aren’t in a position to enter shock, they usually behave as any human would in the event that they have been plunged into scalding-hot water, desperately thrashing towards the edges of a pot whereas making an attempt to clamber out.
Moreover, fishing for lobsters contributes to whale deaths, as a result of the strains—which minimize into whales’ flesh—can impede cetaceans from diving, surfacing for air, and feeding. Almost 80% of proper whale deaths are brought on by entanglement in fishing strains.
We hope you’ll be a lobstar and settle for PETA’s supply to fee a brand new statue that really shellabrates these exceptional animals. Thanks on your consideration. We sit up for listening to from you.
Very really yours,