Saturday, January 10, 2009
The Great Lobster Liberation Movement
In this photo released by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, 'George,' a live 20 pound lobster rests on a plate at City Crab and Seafood in New York, Friday, Jan. 9, 2009.
When a customer spotted this 20 lb. lobster at City Crab and Seafood, a swank New York Park Avenue restaurant, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was notified, and it petitioned the restaurant owners to set the lobster free.
PETA gauged the creature’s age at about 140 years old. City Crab and Seafood had named the crustacean mascot George, as everyone including the chef was attached to him. Not many people have seen such a large lobster.
You might think that the customer was acting only in the best interest of the beast, but it was priced at $27 a pound, making George unaffordable to most diners and I suppose one of them got ticked off.
Rather than be harassed by PETA and on the advice of its public relations manager, City Crab and Seafood decided to liberate the lobster. It will release it this weekend at Kennebunkport, Maine. That particular area forbids lobster trapping, so George can roam free to pick up girls and raise a new family.
"We applaud the folks at City Crab and Seafood for their compassionate decision to allow this noble old-timer to live out his days in freedom and peace," said Ingrid E. Newkirk, President of PETA.
Another PETA spokesman, Michael McGraw, said “there have been at least a half-dozen other lobster liberations in restaurants around the country.”