CBC- Christine Loughead was in her local grocery store in the northwestern Ontario town of Red Lake when she spotted it in a tank. The lobster was alive, destined for someone's dinner plate.
"It weighed on my psyche more and more. There's this live being who — it's not too late to help. He's alive," said the long-time vegetarian-turned-vegan.
She bought the lobster for $20.23, brought it home and wondered what to do next. After some Googling, she realized the lobster most likely came from Nova Scotia, and thought it would be better to return it to the ocean than to keep it in a tank.
Loughead posted a message on a Facebook group for vegans in Halifax, looking for someone who could put the lobster back in the ocean if she could get it to Nova Scotia.
Beth Kent of Bridgewater answered the call. She stopped eating meat after she helped found the town's first animal shelter 35 years ago and is passionate about helping all living beings.
Christine Loughead paid $20.23 for the lobster and a further $225 to ship him back to the ocean.
Loughead then drove six hours from her home to the UPS store in Winnipeg, which ships live animals. She spent $225 to send the lobster all the way to Halifax, where Kent picked it up.
The lobster was packed in a Styrofoam box with cold packs and wet newspaper. Kent said she was relieved to see it was still alive and moving after the 24-hour journey.
I love this woman and I love this story, and it has absolute nothing to do with the fact that a lobster's life was "saved". In fact, I couldn't care less about the lobster because I am pretty sure the lobster didn't even care about itself. If that thing could talk it probably would have chosen being boiled in a pot and served as a delicious dinner over being packed in a styrofoam box with ice packs and wet newspaper just to make it all the way back to the frigid waters of Nova Scotia where it was likely to die soon anyway. No chance that little guy wanted to do all that traveling through such taxing conditions when he could have been put out of his misery in a pleasant, western Canadian hot tub.
Instead, I love this woman because she just made it exponentially harder to be vegan. This was always my biggest problem with people that don't eat meat. They brag about being vegan like they are part of some significant movement that saves the lives of animals when that couldn't be further from the truth. The only thing that vegans do that non-vegans don't do it bypass the aisle in the grocery store that has a bunch of dead, gutted animals wrapped in plastic. Those cows, pigs, and chickens are dead as shit whether the dietarily superior buy them or not. The same can't be said for his woman and her crustacean. She just changed the game. You want to be vegan on her watch then you buy that lobster for $20, you drive 6 hours across the goddamn country, and you put up a couple hundred bucks to ship that sea creature back to it's homeland. If you are fucking crazy enough to do all that shit just to save the life of an animal then I'll allow you to talk my ear off about how a meat-free diet enhances the quality of life. Until then? Sit down, shut the fuck up, and realize that you'e physically weak without protein and morally inferior for doing absolutely nothing to slow it's production.