AUSTIN, Texas – Customers craving fresh crustaceans will have to look beyond Whole Foods Market Inc. after the natural-foods grocery chain decided Thursday to stop selling live lobsters and crabs on the grounds that it’s inhumane.
The Austin-based grocer spent seven months studying the sale of live lobsters from ship to supermarket aisle, trying to determine whether the creatures suffer along the way.
In some stores, they experimented with “lobster condos,” filling tanks with stacks of large pipes the critters can crawl inside. And they moved the tanks behind seafood counters and away from children’s tapping fingers.
Ultimately, Whole Foods management decided to immediately stop selling live lobsters and soft-shell crabs, saying they could not ensure the creatures are treated with respect and compassion. …more
So what’s next? Beef? Pork sausage? Broccoli? Will Whole Foods stop selling cheese if they think the cows are under duress?
PETA is happy, of course:
“The ways that lobsters are treated would warrant felony cruelty to animals charges if they were dogs or cats,” said Bruce Friedrich, a spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Note to PETA: we don’t eat cats & dogs. We eat lobsters, softshell crabs, steaks, chops, ribs, roasts, drumsticks, & nuggets. Beef, pork, chicken, duck, goose, buffalo, moose. And they are tasty.
If anyone needs some lobster tanks, I know where you can get them. Cheap.