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.
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.
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.
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.
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.