Tell Stop & Shop to Stop Microwaving Lobsters

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Originally Posted: 21 March 2010

Tell Stop & Shop to Stop Microwaving Lobsters

FROM People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Send a message to Stop & Shop's CEO, executive vice president of sales and operations, senior vice president of perishables, vice president of consumer affairs, and director of public affairs and tell them to immediately end the barbaric practice of microwaving lobsters.


Sign an online petition

And/Or make direct contact:

Andrea Astrachan
Bill Holmes
Steven Meyer
Carl Schlicker
Faith Weiner

Stop & Shop
1385 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169
(800) 453-7467


Stop & Shop Supermarket Company is a popular stop for New England shoppers. But PETA has learned that Stop & Shop employees are microwaving live lobsters in their stores. Placing live animals in a microwave is barbaric and cruel.

Despite PETA's repeated attempts to explain to multiple Stop & Shop executives that lobsters, like any other animal, experience pain, Stop & Shop has remained entirely unresponsive to our requests that it stop this practice immediately.

There is indisputable scientific evidence that lobsters feel pain. Please consider the following:

Dr. Jaren Horsley, an invertebrate zoologist at the National Zoo, has found that lobsters have a "sophisticated nervous system," concluding, "[Lobsters] can, I am sure, sense pain." Dr. Horsley has explained: "The lobster does not have an autonomic nervous system that puts it into a state of shock when it is harmed … [and] feels all the pain until its nervous system is destroyed."
Scientists in the European Union have classified lobsters as category I —animals who without a scientific doubt can feel pain. Joining lobsters in this category are dogs, cats, chickens, pigs, and humans, among others.

Dr. Teresa Telecky, a zoologist, stated, "Lobsters are capable of becoming physiologically or behaviorally stressed …."

Dr. Nedim C. Buyukmihci, professor of veterinary surgery, writes, "There is no question that lobsters have the ability to feel pain and suffer …. [I]t would be inappropriate to do something to lobsters that you would not consider doing to conscious dogs, cats, or humans."

Thank you for everything you do for animals!