A seafood restaurant has hit back at PETA with a billboard campaign mocking the activists.
Peta started the row after erecting a billboard in Baltimore showing a giant crab with the words: “I’m me, not meat. See the individual. Go vegan.”
But the attempt to get people to stop eating crab backfired when local restaurant Jimmy’s Seafood countered with its own billboard reading: “Steamed crabs. Here to stay. Get famous.”
Owner John Minadakis said: “We had to stick up for ourselves. We rolled up our sleeves, got to work, saved up our money, and erected the billboard. We will not be bullied into submission by PETA.”
“Maryland’s backbone is the crab industry, and we were not going to sit idly on the sidelines while they attempted to cripple the local economy.”
In response, PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman said: “No compassionate person would boil an animal alive. Just like humans, crabs feel pain and experience fear, have unique personalities and value their own lives.”
But Jimmy’s refused to back down and took to social media to deliver another attack on the group’s alleged criminal activities and its mass euthanasia of stray animals in their shelters.
In one tweet it said: “If there’s one word associated with PETA should never use, it’s ‘compassionate.’
“Would a compassionate person murder 36,000 innocent animals? Your organization endorses human testing and secretly kills over 73% of pets received. You purchase stocks in companies you vilify, such as Sea World& McDonald’s, because it’s really only about the money and publicity for you.”
“We aren’t cowards like Nabisco- we are proud Marylanders- and will not bend the knee to your tyrannical tactics. And for the record, we don’t boil crabs, we steam them all.”