George, the 20 pound 140 year old crustacean was given a second chance at life when PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, fought for his life and spared him from eventually meeting the steamer at City Crab and Seafood at Park Avenue in New York. Also saved was some poor guy (or obviously not poor guy) spending $540 on a 20 lb lobster at $27 per pound.
“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“, said Ingrid E. Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
It is not unusual for lobsters to live more than 100 years, and the restaurant estimated George to be around 140 years old using a technique of measuring the invertebrates weight. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest lobster weighed a whopping 44.4 pounds.
George was set to be released Saturday near Kennebunkport, Maine, in an area where lobster trapping is not permitted. Unfortunately, the truck carrying George was the cause of a four car pileup, killing three people and George as well. Just kidding. George is alive and well.