PETA plans to Embarrass Themselves with 'nude' Protest against Lobster Festival
ROCKLAND, MAINE — Representatives from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) alerted media Aug. 2 of their intention to launch a nude, or at least mostly nude, protest against the Maine Lobster Festival Wednesday, Aug. 3.
"Wearing claws and almost nothing else, a sexy PETA supporter will lie on a giant plate — complete with to-scale cutlery, a garnish of cilantro and lemon, and a side of vegan butter — right across the street from the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland," the statement said. "PETA's message to festival attendees is 'Try to Relate to Who's on Your Plate.'"
The group plans to hold the protest at the intersection of Main and Park streets at noon. The organization has argued for years that eating any meat is cruel to animals.
Lobster Festival President Brian Plourde said the festival has had protests from PETA in years past.
"PETA has every right to protest," he said. "We're a family-oriented festival, and we do have to protect people on the grounds from something unacceptable." He added, "We're here to support the fishing community."
Sgt. Don Finnegan of the Rockland Police Department said he does not anticipate any need for police response. He said it will simply be an exercise of free speech. He said police have been informed of the plans for a protest.
Asked if he will feel guilty eating a lobster at this year's festival, Plourde said, "Not at all," adding that while he loves his lobster and steak, he hates Lima beans, but does not protest them.
For more information on the Lobster Festival, visit mainelobsterfestival.com.