The Portland Sea Dogs will not be serving Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster at Hadlock Field concession stands this season, according to a press release Monday from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The Sea Dogs would not comment on the press release, but did acknowledge that 2014 was the only year in which they sold Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster products. They will continue to offer lobster rolls on their menu.

David Byer, a spokesman for PETA, said the organization contacted the Sea Dogs during the 2014 season, showing team officials video footage of lobsters and crabs being processed at Bean’s Rockland plant in “crude and cruel methods.” He said PETA was told earlier this month of the team’s decision to stop selling the product.

“Since consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about animal-welfare issues, the Sea Dogs’ menu change is a smart, ethical business decision,” PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman said in the release. “PETA is calling on all businesses across the U.S. to stop working with any company that rips live lobsters apart, as documented at Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster processing plant.”

Stephen Hayes, a lawyer representing Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine Lobster, said the company had not been contacted by the Sea Dogs regarding any decision on its products.

“They are not alone,” he said in an email. “We have had no communications with PETA since September 2013 when it first raised these charges.”


Linda Bean is a granddaughter of Maine retailer L.L. Bean and one of the state’s leading figures in the lobster industry. She owns restaurants at the Portland International Jetport and in Freeport, South Portland (at the Maine Mall) and Port Clyde – as well as the processing plant in Rockland.

The 2013 video, taken undercover by a PETA investigator who worked briefly at Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster, shows, among other things, live lobsters being ripped apart by hand.

Hayes said the company’s processing practices are “consistent with Maine and federal law and common industry practices. No one other than PETA has characterized them as ‘cruel.’ ”

But after PETA raised questions last year about Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster’s processing practices, Delaware North Companies Sportsservice of Buffalo, New York, stopped purchasing lobster products from the company. Delaware North serves many sports facilities, including Boston’s TD Garden and Minneapolis’ Target Field, which no longer serve Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster products.

Linda Bean’s lobster rolls can still be purchased at the Portland Expo, a city-owned facility that is home of the NBA Development League’s Maine Red Claws. Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine Lobster is listed as a corporate sponsor of the Red Claws on the team’s website.

Hayes said the company “continues to have a great relationship with the (Maine) Red Claws, so sports fans can still find our lobster rolls at the Portland Expo.”

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