The crab gets on the bus before the seafood festival

For immediate release:
September 1, 2022

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Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Biloxi, miss. – “I am ME, not MEAT.” That’s the message of a crab that appears on the popular Casino Hopper cart, as well as a local bus and two bus shelters, ahead of the annual Biloxi Seafood Festival. PETA’s can’t-miss appeal urges everyone to “see the individual” behind every crab boil and opt for vegan dishes instead.

“When it comes to feeling pain and fear, a crab is no different than a dog, cat, or human,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA’s ‘Let Them Keep Their Claws’ campaign encourages everyone to choose vegan dishes like crab-free cakes and let real crabs live.”

Crabs are small but intelligent animals that enjoy their lives, but each year, despite a multitude of food choices, hundreds of millions of crabs are caught and killed for food in the United States alone. A PETA survey in a shellfish slaughterhouse revealed that live crabs and lobsters were impaled, torn and decapitated, even as their legs continued to move.

Each person who goes vegan saves the lives of almost 200 animals a year; significantly reduces their carbon footprint; reduces their risk of developing heart disease, cancer and diabetes; and helps prevent future pandemics. SARS, swine flu, bird flu and COVID-19 all stem from the confinement or killing of animals for food.

PETA advertisements appear on the Demand Response bus and two bus shelters (1442 and 1701 Beach Blvd., Biloxi).

PETA — whose motto says, in part, “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a supremacist worldview of humans — notes that many fake fish options are available. today, like Sophie’s Kitchen’s Plant-Based Crab Cakesby Gardein Fish filletsgood fishing Vegetable Tunaand vegan shrimp from New Wave Foods.

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