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Live Animals Ripped Apart!


In 2013, PETA captured video footage of live lobsters and crabs who were being torn apart inside a Rockland, Maine, crustacean slaughterhouse doing business as Linda Bean's Maine Lobster (LBML).

This groundbreaking undercover look at how crustaceans are commercially slaughtered reveals that workers pull off live lobsters' claws before shoving them into a metal tool that punctures their shells, and they slam live crabs onto spikes. They rip the animals apart while they're still alive and struggling.

At LBML...

  • The lobsters' bodies are ripped from their heads. Their heads are tossed onto a conveyor belt and dropped into bins, along with their abdomens, where their antennae and legs continue to move after their bodies have been torn apart. The lobsters "just get dumped in a dumpster," according to one worker. Another worker said that the mutilated lobsters "don't die right away. I mean, they'll live for hours."
  • Workers slam live crabs—"[r]ight where the mouth is," according to one worker—onto spikes to break off their top shells. Workers then shove the animals' exposed organs and flesh against rapidly spinning brushes.
  • The crabs survive the trauma, prompting one worker to point out, about a crab's writhing legs, "See how they're still walking around?" Workers toss the mutilated crabs onto a conveyor belt, and the animals are dumped—alive—into boiling water, which Dr. Bjørn Roth, an expert on the stunning and slaughter of crustaceans at the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fishery and Aquaculture, points out "would not kill the animal instantaneously."


Physiological and behavioral studies have confirmed that lobsters feel pain. Because lobsters do not have a centralized nervous system—but instead have ganglia, or masses of nervous tissue, spread throughout their bodies—they do not die quickly even if their brains are destroyed. Studies have found that lobsters' nervous systems continue to function even after they are dismembered.

According to Dr. Roth, LBML's crab slaughter process "is carving the animal alive and would no doubt cause unnecessary pain."

YOU CAN STOP THIS: Stop eating lobsters and crabs and share the video with everyone you know.

TAKE ACTION FOR LOBSTERS AND CRABS: Fill out the form below to urge LBML to end the tearing apart of live lobsters and crabs and switch to a rapid means of slaughtering animals that reduces this suffering immediately.



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