PETA Denies 140 Yr Old Lobster from Making Kids Happy

City Crab and Seafood on Park Avenue scored a big find a couple weeks ago when they were able to purchase a 20 pound lobster caught off the coast of Canada for $100. A lobster at that weight (rarely caught so big because baskets generally can't contain them) means that it was probably around 140 years old. Manager Keith Valenti said, "I've been here for 12 years, and that's the biggest lobster I've ever seen." The restaurant named the lobster George and had him acting as an unofficial mascot, posing for pictures with children.

But apparently not all of City Crab's patrons were reveling in the crustacean celebration. A couple of phone calls were made and PETA was on City Crab's lobster tail. PETA petitioned that the restaurant to release George back into the ocean and City Crab says they were happy to comply. PETA's president Ingrid Newkirk told the press, "We applaud the folks at City Crab and Seafood for their compassionate decision to allow this noble old-timer to live out his days in freedom and peace."

PETA reps drove George up to Maine where he was returned to the ocean. It's unconfirmed if Michael Jackson's "Will You Be There" played in the background. PETA says the next step is to "ban catching lobsters completely."

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