Source – Animal rights organization PETA said Wednesday it had asked the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) for permission to build a “roadside memorial” along Route 1 near the site of an Aug. 22 crash in Brunswick involving a truck carrying live lobster.
PETA says the 5-foot tombstone memorial would urge passersby to “Try Vegan.”
On Aug. 22, a Cozy Harbor Seafood Inc. truck transporting an estimated 7,000 lobsters packaged in 60-70 crates rolled over along Route 1 in Brunswick, sending many of the live crustaceans into the road and ditch. Police said hydroplaning likely caused the crash. …
“Countless sensitive crustaceans experienced an agonizing death when this truck rolled over and their bodies came crashing down onto the highway,” said PETA Executive VP Tracy Reiman. “PETA hopes to pay tribute to these individuals who didn’t want to die with a memorial urging people to help prevent future suffering by keeping.”
How many more must die, Mr. Speaker? How many more?!?
I stand with my malnourished, lethargic, greenish-tinged vegan brothers and sisters from PETA on this one. We are done with your “thoughts and prayers” while doing nothing to solve the slaughter. Innocent crustaceans are dying every day, while the politicians stay in the pocket of Big Seafood. And why? For the crime of being delicious and easy to cook?
Well no more. This is the time for action. No more empty promises. When I heard about that truck rollover, it touched me on an emotional, spiritual, and dietary level. I was ready to take the ride up 95 to Brunswick to demand to show my support. And clean up the road. And fill up a cooler. At the very least to start a roadside memorial. Something to show how I felt. Flowers. Some balloons tied to a fence. Letters from kids. Little cups of drawn butter and some lemons. Because an atrocity like this deserves to be remembered. But it’s entirely appropriate to have something permanent at the site. And a five-foot concrete wall is entirely appropriate. Maybe something with the names of all the mudbugs who gave their lives so that others may dine.
Sure, the Maine DOT could work on improving the drainage on that stretch of road so no bigass truck hydroplanes again. Or perhaps lower the speed limit so no one loses control and maybe splits the headlights of some family car coming the other way. But I’m with my pale, emaciated vegetarian friends when they say that money is best spent remembering the lives of those tasty, tiny-brained creatures, who died scared, dry and alone in the prime of their lives. RIP, lobsters. Keep up the good work, PETA.