At least People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) makes things fun for its critics. The pro-vegetarian group yet again proved its incompetence this week by attempting to claim credit for a business decision it had nothing to do with, this one concerning a Minor League baseball team and what's being served at its concession stands during games.

This blunder started two years ago, when PETA sent a representative to work under cover at Linda Bean's Perfect Maine Lobster processing facility in Rockland, Maine. Posing as a new employee going through training, this person recorded on video live lobsters being processed for their meat in a way that is "shocking" to PETA and its supporters but is generally the way it's done in shellfish processing facilities. The group's frivolous and misplaced outrage on the matter centers on the notion that crustaceans like lobsters can feel pain inflicted by what it calls "crude and cruel" methods.

This week, the Portland Sea Dogs, affiliate of the Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball team, made some changes to its concessions in advance of the upcoming 2015 baseball season, which starts in April. Among the changes at Hadlock Field is the space previously occupied by Linda Bean's Perfect Maine Lobster will be filled by another vendor (one that will also sell lobster).

PETA quickly claimed that the decision was made because the team doesn't stand for animal abuse, but according to the team's assistant general manager and director of media relations, it actually had nothing to do with PETA or its stealthy 2013 sting op.

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