Fishers have chosen to spare rare blue lobsters after catching them off the coasts of Belfast, Brixham, Norfolk, and North Wales, so PETA is releasing a new dye kit that makes it possible to give all lobsters the same blue hue.
Most lobsters are naturally a mottled brown colour, but they turn red when their bodies are boiled alive. PETA’s new dye changes the colour of lobsters in a good way: to save them!
The chemical-free dye binds to lobsters’ shells for up to six months when squeezed into water – making it look like they have a rare genetic trait that occurs naturally in just one out of every 2 million of them. The dye kit is non-toxic and easy to use, and it was sea-tested by PETA at an undisclosed location in Belfast.
Lobsters of Every Colour Deserve Kindness
We know many people have a soft spot for blue lobsters, though all lobsters share the same desire to enjoy their lives without suffering by being boiled to death. With this kit, PETA is empowering everyone to save lobsters’ lives!
Lobsters are intelligent individuals who explore their surroundings, can remember other individual lobsters, and use complex signals to establish social relationships. If left alone, they can live to be more than 100 years old.
Slaughtering and Boiling Crustaceans Is Inhumane
A PETA US investigation into a crustacean slaughterhouse revealed that live lobsters were impaled, torn apart, and decapitated – even as their legs continued to move.
Chefs typically place lobsters into pots of boiling water while they’re still conscious – a practice so cruel that it has been banned in Switzerland. Before being boiled, lobsters are sometimes kept on ice, which is so painful that Italy has banned it.
Because lobsters don’t have a centralised nervous system but instead have masses of nervous tissue called ganglia spread throughout their bodies, they’re incapable of going into shock and their deaths can be prolonged and excruciatingly painful. A lobster’s nervous system continues to function even after the animal has been dismembered.
This patented dye developed by PETA works underwater, won’t pollute the ocean, and, most importantly, is lobster-safe.