Petition Against In-Store Lobster Tanks Gains Momentum In Atlantic Canada

One grocery chain representative said the company doesn't 'see any reason to change'
Lobsters in Atlantic Canada are often kept in crowded tanks then buried alive

A petition to ban grocery store lobster tanks in Canada's Maritime provinces is gaining momentum with more than 14,000 signatures.

New Brunswick's Andrea McAnany launched the petition against the tanks - which are common in the area's grocery stores - after being inspired by her four-year-old son's empathy for the animals.


McAnany described the increase in signatures she's collected as 'encouraging'.

She added: "It shows that despite some negative feedback, which absolutely there always will be, there's a lot of people that support the cause as well."

'Enough of us care'

McAnany is coming at the situation from an animal welfare perspective - saying that she's fighting for more humane practices, rather than an end to lobster fishing - and is hopeful about the power of the petition.

She said: "I think 15,000 is a very good number to say 'enough of us care about this cause, can you please listen and can you please reconsider?'"

Vegans and animal advocates have voiced concerns that an end to in-store tanks is not enough

No 'reason to change'

Jacquelin Weatherbee, the Director of External Communications at local grocery chain Sobeys, commented early this month, saying the company 'does not see any reason to change'.

She added: "Sobeys respects that customers have varying opinions, which is why we offer our customers choice through both live and frozen lobster options in our stores."

'One step further'

In the provinces that make up the Maritimes - New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island - it's common not only for lobsters to be kept in tightly-packed tanks in store, but to be boiled alive prior to consumption.

Vegans and animal advocates have pointed out that a ban on in-store tanks would fall short of ending cruelty to the animals.

Carla Irvine commented on coverage by Global News, addressing these issues.

She wrote: "It is nice to see this lady and her son care so much about the lobsters. I am wondering if they could go a step further and ask everyone to quit killing and eating lobsters all together."

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself. 

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Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.

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