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PostSubject: Lobster Rights   Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:27 pm

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NEW YORK — A 140-year-old lobster once destined for a dinner plate received the gift of life Friday from a Park Avenue seafood restaurant.

George, the 20-pound supercentenarian crustacean, was freed by City Crab and Seafood in New York City.

“We applaud the folks at City Crab and Seafood for their compassionate decision to allow this noble old-timer to live out his days in freedom and peace,” said Ingrid E. Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

PETA spokesman Michael McGraw said the group asked City Crab to return George to the Atlantic Ocean after a diner saw him at the restaurant, where steamed Maine lobster sells for $27 per pound. George had been caught off Newfoundland, Canada and lived in the tank for about 10 days before his release.

Some scientists estimate lobsters can live to be more than 100 years old. PETA and the restaurant guessed George’s age at about 140, using a rule of thumb based on the creature’s weight.

He was to be released Saturday near Kennebunkport, Maine, in an area where lobster trapping is forbidden.


http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/bizarre/6203989.html


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PostSubject: Re: Lobster Rights   Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:06 pm

Freedom for lobsters now!
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PostSubject: Re: Lobster Rights   Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:09 am

I'm cynical about this story. The restaurant received millions of dollars of free adverstisement via the news media.

This leads to the question of whether it is morally correct to reward oneself for a good deed. Was the reward (millions of dollars) commesurate to the deed?

It's hard to tell. Maybe the 140 year-old lobster is going to die of loneliness in its new home because it will miss its home.

With all the revenue generated by PR who reels in the extra business? Do the workers get a bonus, a raise? Or does the owner become the only one to prosper, along with his PR agent?
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