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Gingersnap
06-03-2008, 03:28 PM
PETA proposes Lobster Empathy Center for Skowhegan jail

By Sharon Kiley Mack
Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - Bangor Daily News

SKOWHEGAN, Maine - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has sent a proposal to the Somerset County commissioners to lease their jail for the worldís first Lobster Empathy Center.

The central Maine county is constructing a new jail and has put the century-old jail in downtown Skowhegan up for sale. The Realtor handling the sale called the offer "likely a publicity stunt."

"A prison is the perfect setting to demonstrate how lobsters suffer when they are caught in traps or confined to cramped, filthy supermarket tanks," PETA wrote in a June 2 letter to the commissioners. "The center will teach visitors to have compassion for these interesting, sensitive animals while also commemorating the millions of lobsters who are ripped from their homes in the ocean off the coast of Maine each year before being boiled alive."

Commissioner Chairman Phil Roy, who doesnít care for lobster, was at a loss for words Monday afternoon.

"Iím shocked and I donít know what to say. I didnít realize Skowhegan was the coastal community PETA was looking for," Roy said, with tongue in cheek.

As the crow flies, the distance from Skowhegan to Rockland, home of the Maine Lobster Festival and a lobster fishing port, is approximately 53 miles.

"The lobster capital of the state of Maine certainly isnít here," Roy said. He said it was odd that PETA would object to the jail conditions for lobsters but had never filed a complaint on behalf of the human inmates incarcerated there.

I was empathizing with some snow crabs just last Saturday. :D

There, there.......CRACK! (http://bangornews.com/news/t/midmaine.aspx?articleid=165128&zoneid=182)

linda22003
06-03-2008, 03:31 PM
"A prison is the perfect setting to demonstrate how lobsters suffer when they are caught in traps or confined to cramped, filthy supermarket tanks," PETA wrote in a June 2 letter to the commissioners."

I agree. I frequently liberate a couple from the supermarket tanks when I see them. They go into a lovely, cozy brown paper bag, and get a nice, hot bath when I get them home.

BSR
06-03-2008, 03:33 PM
I like them cute, like Mr. Pincy here.


http://www.24-7simpsons.com/pinchy.jpg

Rebel Yell
06-03-2008, 04:06 PM
Lobster, the cockroach of the sea. Except I wouldn't eat cockroach.

Shannon
06-03-2008, 04:12 PM
Lobster, the cockroach of the sea. Except I wouldn't eat cockroach.

Ack! That is exactly why I can't eat lobster anymore. Somebody referred to them as that and I've never been able to erase it from my mind.:(

biccat
06-03-2008, 04:17 PM
Ack! That is exactly why I can't eat lobster anymore. Somebody referred to them as that and I've never been able to erase it from my mind.:(
They're extremely high in fat and cholesterol as well. Good idea not to eat them.

patriot45
06-03-2008, 05:51 PM
Lobster, the cockroach of the sea. Except I wouldn't eat cockroach.

I gotta say that I love eating lobsters, BUT who was that first guy that grabbed one and said, wow, that looks good enuf to eat!!

Alien!http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i230/patriot45270/47dcab2852ce6tn.jpg

Lanie
06-03-2008, 09:50 PM
Ack! That is exactly why I can't eat lobster anymore. Somebody referred to them as that and I've never been able to erase it from my mind.:(

I got lobster one time, and all I could think of was what it looked like.

PETA would be better off running on that than this funny stuff. lol.

Kimberly
06-03-2008, 10:43 PM
I watched a tv show about the life of Puritans in colonial Massachusetts and it claimed they fed lobsters to prisoners as punishment and fed it to children and servants.

patriot45
06-03-2008, 10:57 PM
I got lobster one time, and all I could think of was what it looked like.

PETA would be better off running on that than this funny stuff. lol.

Most restaurants you just see the meat and not the horrible parts! And the meat is heaven!!
If they gave it to you and you had tod do the breaking open and the gutting, I agree its gross!

linda22003
06-04-2008, 08:09 AM
[SIZE="2"]I gotta say that I love eating lobsters, BUT who was that first guy that grabbed one and said, wow, that looks good enuf to eat!!

It's no surprise that back in the old days, they were considered a "trash" fish for the poor, since preparation was such work - and there were zillions of them all over the place. :o

Lanie
06-04-2008, 09:14 AM
Most restaurants you just see the meat and not the horrible parts! And the meat is heaven!!
If they gave it to you and you had tod do the breaking open and the gutting, I agree its gross!

I think they broke it open, but the cockroach was still there. I agree that it's probably better if served out of the shell.

linda22003
06-04-2008, 09:19 AM
Instead of going "ewwww, ewwww", y'all could just leave them to those of us who love them and who do not find cooking and shelling them to be as much of a challenge. :rolleyes:

Vepr
06-04-2008, 09:22 AM
I gotta say that I love eating lobsters, BUT who was that first guy that grabbed one and said, wow, that looks good enuf to eat!!

Alien!http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i230/patriot45270/47dcab2852ce6tn.jpg

Starvation will make anything look tasty. ;)