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Grrrr <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veganpolice.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":notvegan:"> Transforming the rough craft of lobstering into a gentle art, a New Hampshire outfit has persuaded Whole Foods Market to waive its ban on live lobster sales at a new store opening next week in Portland, Maine.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
For Whole Foods, an upscale grocery chain promising "animal compassionate" foods, the decision marks yet another effort to provide its customers with the delicacy while giving the lobsters what it considers a decent demise. Whole Foods brought a national debate to a boil last year after it first offered little condos for lobsters in holding pens so the animals would not attack each other, and then scuttled the idea and banned all live lobster sales, equating current lobster catch-and-ship techniques with torture.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://business.bostonherald.com/businessNews/view.bg?articleid=181803" target="_blank">http://business.bostonherald.com/bus...ticleid=181803</a>
 

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Ugh! The article states:<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">The lobsters will be kept in private compartments instead of being piled on top of each other in a tank, and employees will use a device that zaps them with a 110-volt shock to spare them the agony of being boiled alive in a pot of water.</div>
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As if that's supposed to make it seem better. Let's change the wording a bit:<br><br><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">The puppies will be kept in private compartments instead of being piled on top of each other in a cage, and employees will use a device that zaps them with a 110-volt shock to spare them the agony of being boiled alive in a pot of water.</div>
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I don't know anyone who would be ok with doing that to puppies, so why is it ok for lobsters?<br><br><br><br>
Oh wait, nevermind. People don't care what happens to their food as long as they get to eat it. Or some people prefer the illusion of ethical meat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/whip.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":whip:">
 

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There's a supermarket in my city called Sobey's. they have live lobster tanks and mussels, etc. i like to print off stickers like "Being Boiled Hurts" with a picture of a lobster, etc.etc. (there are like 10 different ones) and stick them on the front of the tanks. doesnt seem to do much, but hopefully i can think of something else.
 

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I have always felt bad for lobsters. When I was younger, I embarrassed my mother by speaking to the manager of the local supermarket about my dissatisfaction with the way the lobster tanks were setup. The poor things were packed in there so tight they couldn't even move their little legs.
 

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I will be moving back to Portland (my home town) Maine from NH soon and came across the story on the front page while searching for apartments on 'Portland Press Herald's' website. I was very pissed not only by the story itself but by many of the comments people left below the article. I'm on my way out now but may write a comment later, here is the link to the page containing the article and comment section below if anyone wants to "reply" to some of the stupid comments that were made. I don't know if it'll do any good, but for those of you looking to get fired up and have some free time on your hands - knock yourself out : <a href="http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/local/070208wholefoods.html?total=76&next=10#begin" target="_blank">http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/ne...&next=10#begin</a><br><br><br><br><br><br>
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Sigh. This is a huge dissapointment. They are opening on Wednesday and Hubby adn I were going to go this coming weekend.<br><br><br><br>
I just visited their website and sent the following message (though I doubt I'll even get a reply!)<br><br><br><br>
I was so excited to learn that Whole Foods is coming to Portland, Maine, opening this coming Wednesday. As a vegan, I shop at Wild Oats (next door to Whole Foods) and was very much looking forward to this new store!<br><br><br><br>
But, alas, I read today that you have made the executive decision to sell live lobsters in your store. Is Maine not bad enough with lobster shacks at every corner, lobsters available at virtually every grocery store, fish markets in every town, and the Maine Lobster Festival in the summer? No, I guess it wasn't bad enough because Whole Foods had to jump on the lobster bandwagon and has decided to sell live lobsters - that you incidentally ELECTROCUTE for people (gee, Whole Foods, how kind of you - NOTE THE SARCASM!).<br><br><br><br>
I'm sad to say that I will NOT be shopping in your store. You have proven - EVEN BEFORE OPENING - that your only concern is your bottom line. You will have less of a bottom line with folks like myself - health conscious vegans - not shopping at your store.<br><br><br><br>
And why should we? After all, Wild Oats is right next door, and they do NOT sell live lobsters!<br><br><br><br>
Shame on you, Whole Foods! You made what was going to be an exciting thing for Maine turn into a vegan's nightmare.
 

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and they bought out poor lil' "whole grocer"... so sad to see the mega markets taking overl. even if they are more convienient and cheap.
 

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"lobstering" and "gentle art". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wall.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wall:">
 

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Whole Foods is ****ing disturbing.<br><br><br><br>
I really like Gary Francione's <a href="http://garyfrancione.blogspot.com/2007/02/human-beings-are-all-going-to-die-too.html" target="_blank">commentary</a> on it. Especially this highlighting of the ****ed up nature of WF's appeal to "humane" exploitation:<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">So there you have it:<br><br><br><br>
• “Condos” for the lobsters and greater profitability for the lobster industry.<br><br><br><br>
• Electrocution of lobsters with the “CrustaStun” for the really “compassionate” consumer who wants lobster with minimal guilt.<br><br><br><br>
• “Humane” boiling for the less “compassionate” but nevertheless “conscientious omnivore.”<br><br><br><br>
• Conventional boiling for the rest but even these consumers are morally better than those who shop at conventional supermarkets because they bought their lobsters at Whole Foods, an act that in itself is a declaration of commitment to the Animal Compassionate lifestyle.</div>
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I received a reply back from Chris Snell at Whole foods - I put it below, but before you read it, I just wanted to comment on the new buy-out of Wild Oats. Here in the Portland, Maine area we've enjoyed Wild Oats for a few years - whole foods opens on Feb 14 and a week later its announced that whole foods bought out Wild Oats and will be closing all stores that are close competitors. These two stores are practically in the same parking lot. So, I guess our local Wild Oats will be closing so the monopolizing Whole Foods can take over (sigh). I'm now shopping at my local health food store - more expensive, but a small co-op!<br><br><br><br>
Here is the letter I received: (and the way it appears below with the lack of breaks is exactly how it was received)<br><br><br><br>
Crystal,<br><br>
Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate the fact that you took the time to let us know how you feel. I hope you get a chance to visit our new store in Portland, ME - it is truly amazing. We are proud to feature more than 500 local Maine products - more than any other store in the country!<br><br>
As for the lobster issue, you should know that we have not broken any promises. We clearly stated in our June '06 press release that we would "continue to explore options to deliver live lobsters to our customers".<br><br>
We are serious about animal welfare and are thrilled to be working with Little Bay Lobster Company, and the local Maine lobstermen who can meet our standards for the Portland, Maine store.<br><br>
At Whole Foods Market, we place as much emphasis on the importance of treatment, handling and quality of life for all animals as we do on the expectations for quality and flavor - and lobster is no different.<br><br>
Little Bay's unique handling process allows us the opportunity to offer live lobster to our shoppers.<br><br>
This is a service we'll be able to offer to our Maine shoppers - and nowhere else.<br><br>
Like other local products that we sell in our stores throughout the U.S., we will only sell live lobsters in Portland.<br><br>
Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any more questions.<br><br>
Thanks,<br><br>
Chris
 
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