People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals( PETA) asked Maine officials on Wednesday for permission to build a large grave to label the place of an August truck crash that resulted in thousands of lobsters flooding out onto a highway.
PETA hopes to memorialize the “countless sensitive crustaceans” who were killed during the Aug. 22 sound in Brunswick, the animal liberties group said.
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Police said 7,000 pounds of live lobsters were destroyed and it’s suspected it was more than 4,500 lobsters that expired, according to the Portland Press Herald.
The grave would “remind everyone that the best room to prevent such tragedies is to go vegan, ” the animal claims group said.
A mockup of the gravestone shows a lobster with the words, “In Memory of the Lobsters Who have fallen victim and Succumbed at This Spot.”
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Maine’s Department of Transportation is recalling the group’s asking, spokesman Ted Talbot told the Portland Press Herald. He said temporary signalings can be no greater than 4 hoofs by 8 paws and could be in public for up to 12 weeks. PETA hopes to erect a 5-foot shrine for the lobsters. It would be located on Route 1 in Brunswick.
It’s inconclusive how much the gravestone would cost.
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PETA sparked conflict last week when the group made a billboard in Maryland encouraging people to “go vegan” and stop gobbling crabs.
PETA said the sign was put up as “part of a nationwide expedition to hearten diners to leave crabs and other ocean swine off dinner illustrations and in their aquatic homes.”
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