SAN DIEGO. The Maine Department of Transportation has rejected a special request from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). PETA has asked for a gravestone highlighting the location of the great Lobster Massacre. Police confirmed the destruction of 7,000 pounds of live lobsters, estimating 4,500 lobsters died, following a truck crash in Brunswick, Maine.
The gravestone would have shown a lobster with the words,
“In memory of the lobsters who suffered and died at this spot August 2018, Try Vegan, PETA.”
Department of Transportation chief counsel Jim Billings sent a letter to PETA explaining that no signs are allowed along Route 1:
“(These types of roadways) have a very high volume of car and truck traffic as well as a high-speed limit that could create a potential hazard to motorists should development and signs be allowed in these sections,”
PETA is not giving up.
PetaTheir representative, Audrey Shircliff, said in an email,
“After being informed this morning that our request has been denied by MDOT because that specific portion of the highway prohibits any signage due to safety reasons, we’ve asked MDOT to give us the nearest permissible location for the memorial, which we still plan to place.”
Some have wondered what the difference is between lobsters dying on the open highway or being devoured with melted butter in a seafood restaurant. Keep in mind that PETA is every bit as much against eating lobsters at all.
As explained on their Website,
“The scientific community has spoken: Lobsters, crabs, and other crustaceans can feel pain, make decisions, and forge relationships…”
A consolation victory
Not of the same gravitas of the great Lobster Massacre, there is the Animal Crackers consolation prize. Those who are disappointed in the Main Department of Transportation decision can at least take solace in a different kind of recent victory over the cruelty of animals. Nabisco has changed the drawings on their Animal Cracker boxes!
No longer will animals be shown in cages. Now they are seen in the wild!
It is not yet clear if there will be a future protest about actually eating the Animal Crackers. While the crunchy critters are not truly alive, activists undoubtedly prefer that people refrain from even consuming the mere image of an animal since this could lead to actually eating real animals.
Peta’s “Holocaust on Your Plate” campaign
The protection of animals may seem noble to some, silly to others, and harmless to people inclined to say, “Each to his own.” But the issue becomes more important when we realize that by elevating the sacredness of animal life, we are lowering the value of human life.
Back in 2003, this same organization, PETA posted comparative pictures online; animals in slaughterhouse cages next to a picture of NAZI concentration camp prisoners.
One of the greatest evils in history is now likened to eating meat! When anyone who kills or eats meat is compared to a NAZI, the horror of the real NAZIS becomes camouflaged and diluted.
But wait, it get’s better
The comparison gets even more contemporary. For years PETA has protested Middle East bombings that blew up, not only Jews, but donkeys as well.
In a 2015 response to such a bombing from Hamas, Ingrid Newkirk, then president of PETA said:
“As human beings, we are concerned about human civilians, children, and anyone else in the line of fire, but we have an extra obligation to remind people that animals are also wounded, killed, and frightened to death during conflicts.”
Got that? Human victims should concern us but no more or no less than the “extra obligation” about animals.
Time to reign in a dose of sanity: Refusing to eat meat is a right. Protesting the specific manner in which an animal gets killed or caged is also a right. But equating animal life to human life transforms the nature of the cause from compassion to moral stupidity.
This is Bob Siegel, making the obvious obvious.
About the Author:
Bob Siegel is a weekend radio talk show host on KCBQ and a regular CDN columnist. His novel “The Dangerous Christmas Ornament” earned both the 2017 Independent Press “Distinguished Favorite” Award and the New York City Big Book Award. “About Read” lists this book as one of its Top 30 Recommended Action Adventure Books for 11-Year-Olds.