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A Vegan Woman Spends Almost $250 On Buying A Lobster And Shipping It 2K Miles So It Can Be Released Back Into The Ocean

People who choose to live a vegan lifestyle place an incredibly high value on animals’ lives. Some vegans take this to such extremes that it’s actually quite hard to believe. Christine Loughead is just such a vegan.

She was doing some shopping at her local grocery store in Ontario, Canada when she saw a live lobster for sale. She felt so sorry for the poor lobster that she bought it for $20 and named it Lobby Joe. She then took it home and put it in her own tank. Loughead was determined to get Lobby Joe back to the ocean, so she did some research and discovered the lobster like came from Nova Scotia.

Christine Loughead spotted the lobster on sale at her local supermarket in Ontario and decided to buy it 
Christine Loughead spotted the lobster on sale at her local supermarket in Ontario and decided to buy it
She spent $20 on buying the lobster and planned to take it back to its natural habitat of the ocean 
She spent $20 on buying the lobster and planned to take it back to its natural habitat of the ocean
At first, Ms Loughead took the lobster back to her house but knew it needed to be put back in the ocean in Nova Scotia, more than 2,000 miles away 
At first, Ms Loughead took the lobster back to her house but knew it needed to be put back in the ocean in Nova Scotia, more than 2,000 miles away

 

She messaged a vegan group in the area to ask if somebody would be willing to release the lobster back into the ocean. Eventually she found a vegan, Beth Kent, who agreed to do so.

After finding a fellow vegan Beth Kent in Nova Scotia willing to release the lobster, Ms Loughhead spent $225 shipping the animal to her 
After finding a fellow vegan Beth Kent in Nova Scotia willing to release the lobster, Ms Loughhead spent $225 shipping the animal to her

Loughead drove to the nearest UPS store six hours away in Winnipeg, and paid $225 to ship Lobby Joe to Kent in a styrofoam box packed with ice and wet newspaper.

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After receiving the package, Ms Kent took the lobster, named Lobby Joe, to the coast line to set it free

After a 24 hour journey, Kent received the lobster and eventually took it to a cove where she let him go free in the ocean and it happily swam off.

Ms Kent took the lobster to a quiet cove and placed it on one of the rocks before it slipped off into the water 
Ms Kent took the lobster to a quiet cove and placed it on one of the rocks before it slipped off into the water

Back in Ontario, Loughead was relieved to hear that the mission had been successful. And even though the rescue cost her over $200, Loughead said she believed this particular lobster’s life mattered, just like all living things.

 

It’s a food animal to [most] and it’s not an attractive animal, but I tell people to close their eyes and picture something cuter waiting to die in the deli section.

I’m pretty sure you’d have an impulse to do something.

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