The ethical implications of consuming food have become quite the topic of conversation over the pat few years.
In terms of meat, many chefs and foodies want to know where it came from, what it ate, what the farmer is like personally, the conditions in which it was raised, how it was slaughtered, how long it took to bring it to the plate.
With the rise in awareness of veganism, vegetarianism, pescetarianism, and humane farming practices, it's fairly obvious that people are becoming increasingly concerned with the humane treatment of the foods they choose -- or choose not -- to eat.
It seems that animal rights organization PETA had a bone to pick with treatment of shellfish at Delray Beach's Linda Bean's Perfect Maine Lobster yesterday; demonstrators staged a protest in lobster garb in front of the Atlantic Avenue storefront yesterday.
The demonstration was staged in response to video footage released by PETA on Linda Bean's processing facility, Linda Bean Maine Lobster, in Rockland, Maine that resulted in PETA filing a cruelty complaint. In the footage, workers were found ripping the limbs and heads off live lobsters and grabs, leaving them to writhe around in bins and dumpsters conscious and alive.
The group claims that these actions violate Maine's cruelty-to-animals laws, which prohibits "intentionally ... kill[ing] ... an animal by a method that does not cause instantaneous death." According to PETA, crustaceans fall under the law.