Maine denies PETA claim of cruel lobster 'kills'

PORTLAND – The state’s top fisheries official rejected claims Tuesday by a controversial animal-rights group that a lobster processor in Maine has engaged in cruel mutilation of lobsters.
 
In a prepared statement, Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher called the claims by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals “nothing more than another disingenuous attempt to advance their agenda and negatively impact Maine’s most important coastal industry and the economy it supports.”
 
Keliher said he consulted with his department’s lead biologist and concluded that “what is shown in (a PETA) video is compliant with state and federal laws and regulations, including Maine’s animal-welfare statute.”
 
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