Please urge Linda Bean to stop tearing apart live, conscious animals
Action Alert from


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
September 2013


The most important thing that you can do to help end the cruelty within the seafood industry is to switch to a vegan diet now.

Tell Linda Bean to use their formerly implemented less cruel and more rapid means of killing lobsters instead of ripping apart live lobsters and crabs, piece by piece, knowing that they can survive for hours after being mutilated.

Watch the undercover video AND/OR sign an online petition

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Linda Bean's Perfect Main
P.O Box 368
Rockland Maine 04841
phone (207) 975-2502


[Ed. Note: Also read We Are All Connected.]

A shocking undercover investigation that first broke on has exposed that live animals are being torn apart. They need your help.

At L.L. Bean heir Linda Bean's Maine Lobster in Rockland, Maine, workers are ripping live animals apart limb from limb. Some are dumped, still alive, into boiling water, while others are left in bins to die in agony.

Workers tear off live lobsters' claws and then use metal pipes to pry their heads from their bodies. Tails and claws are saved while the remaining parts of the lobsters' bodies are trashed, still alive and able to feel pain.

Crabs are suffering, too, as they are slammed against sharp metal spikes to break off their top shells, and then their exposed internal organs are violently scrubbed off with spinning brushes. Still alive, they are then slowly lowered into a vat of boiling water.

Watch the undercover video to see the shocking proof:

Lobsters and crabs feel pain. Because lobsters do not have a centralized nervous systemóbut instead have ganglia, or masses of nervous tissue, spread throughout their bodiesótheir deaths can be prolonged. A lobster's nervous system continues to function even after the animal is dismembered.

Lobsters are like us in many ways: They have a long childhood and an awkward adolescence, and just like us, they carry their young for nine months and can live to be more than 100 years old.

Around 2.3 million lobsters and countless crabs will be killed at this slaughterhouse this year alone. Don't let more animals suffer this fate.

From CBS News who aired the video:

A top seafood plant in Maine is killing lobsters and crabs using a "primitive and painful" method that violates the state's cruelty-to-animals statute, according to an animal rights group that shot video of the alleged abuse.

PETA said it would file a criminal complaint Tuesday with local police and the district attorney. Maine law criminalizes intentionally killing animals by any method that does not cause instantaneous death. The statute does not specifically exempt lobsters and crabs.


I just watched a disturbing video from PETA's investigation of 17 Merrill Drive, LLC, the lobster and crab slaughterhouse doing business in your name. I am horrified by what I saw and heard. I am writing to ask you to stop it.

I was shocked to learn that even though you knew of and even once used a less cruel and more rapid means of killing lobsters, workers nevertheless rip apart live lobsters, piece by piece, knowing that they can survive for hours afterwards. Commercial electrical stunners can eliminate this as well as the mutilating and boiling to death of live crabs.

Please switch to a rapid, less cruel means of slaughter that kills crustaceans immediately in order to reduce the suffering of millions of these animals killed for your products each year.


Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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