Friday, June 16, 2006

Wow! Shocker! Thank you, Whole Foods

Whole Foods halts sales of live lobsters

Supermarket chain reaches decision after learning that animals were placed in storage facilities for months at a time; will also stop selling soft-shelled crab

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Organic supermarket chain Whole Foods announced Friday it will stop selling live lobsters effectively immediately, citing the inhumane treatment of the animals.

"We are not yet sufficiently satisfied that the process of selling live lobsters is in line with our commitment to humane treatment and quality of life for animals," Margaret Wittenberg, vice president of quality standards for Whole Foods Market, said in a prepared statement.

The company reached the decision to stop the sale of the crustacean after conducting a seven-month review into its lobster procurement process, learning that in many instances the animals were held in storage facilities for several months at a time.

Whole Foods also announced that it would also halt the sale of live soft-shelled crab.

12 comments:

t. said...

Thanks a lot Whole Foods! It is really never too late!
And thanks a lot KleoPatra fr the always truly interesting posts!
As a matter fact you were the inspiration for my post of the day!

karen said...

I read about this today. It's nice that they have a conscience...

Urban Vegan said...

I think it's a step in the right direction and will certainly raise awareness.

Carrie™ said...

Jim told me about this when he came home. He said he heard it on the radio. Excellent news. As long as we keep hearing more and more things like this (and the foie gras and the hormones in milk) being stopped, we know things are slowly going in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

whole foods is a sellout.. co-op markets and local farmer markets are much better.. and a much much better option is a Vegan grocery.. Go Food Fight!!! but yes whole foods is better than the next door vons or ralphs or the EVIL walmart!!
~mc seitan

funwithyourfood said...

woohoo
everyone is talking about this. I love it. Yay for wholefoods

teddy

R U S S said...

Wonderful. Bold. Right.

BlueButterfly said...

Awesome.

kate said...

I thought of you and all my veggie friends when I heard about this. We'll take our victories anywhere we can, right? Of course, right. :-)

tara said...

This is good news. Thanks for posting about it. :)

VeganDoc said...

Way to go Whole Foods!

@MCSeitan -- I'm with you, but most of us don't have access to a vegan grocer locally.

Tanya Kristine said...

i want to marry Whole foods