PETA urges Baltimore to stop eating crab with billboard
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Baltimore residents are being urged by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to stop eating crab.

The animal rights group erected a billboard in the crab-loving town calling for residents to abstain from eating the blue crab, which was chosen as the state crustacean of Maryland in 1989, with the words: “I’m me, not meat," The Baltimore Sun reported on Friday.

The billboard encourages residents to take up veganism ahead of the city’s seafood festival in September.

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“This is exactly the point. We want people to look up and hopefully change what’s on their plate that day,” Amber Canavan, a spokeswoman for PETA, told The Sun. “Our ad, it reminds people that crabs are not inanimate objects. They’re living, feeling individuals.”

“PETA's billboard aims to give Charm City residents some food for thought about sparing sensitive marine animals the agony of being boiled alive or crushed to death in fishing nets simply by going vegan,” Tracy Reiman, PETA executive vice president, also said in a statement obtained by The Sun.

The animal rights group has also erected similar signs in several other cities on the East Coast, including at the Portland International Jetport in Maine, where a billboard stands urging people to go vegan with the image of a lobster.