PETA is at it again. This time, with an anti-crab billboard in Baltimore strategically placed above seafood restaurants urging diners to avoid eating blue crabs. Lest PETA forgets consuming blue crabs are a huge staple in Maryland.
“I’m ME, not meat,” reads the tone-deaf billboard. “See the individual. Go vegan.”
> “Just like humans, crabs feel pain and fear, have unique personalities, and value their own lives,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s billboard aims to give Charm City residents some food for thoughtabout sparing sensitive marine animals the agony of being boiled alive or crushed to death in fishing nets simply by going vegan.”
Before PETA decides to lecture a town known for its blue crab cakes and cream of crab soup about the crustacean, the group should actually learn about these bay treasures. According to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus)feed on “clams, oysters, mussels, smaller crustaceans, freshly dead fish, and plant and animal detritus.” More on this below:
> Blue crabs will feed on nearly anything they can find, including clams, oysters, mussels, smaller crustaceans, freshly dead fish, and plant and animal detritus. They will eveneat smaller and soft-shelled blue crabs*.*
Guess what? Crabs aren’t vegan. Why doesn’t PETA force them to go vegan? That would be a far more ambitious campaign. I’d love to see that take place. (Good luck disrupting the consumption habits of crabs.) PETA’s true goals lie in undermining human consumption of meat for the fake cause of animal rights. If you recall, PETA has a deadly track record with affiliated kill shelters, where 96% of animals are reportedly put to death.
Until PETA successfully converts the Maryland blue crab to a vegan lifestyle, please join me in legally harvesting your own crabs and ordering them at your local DC metro seafood restaurant where they are offered.