Press Herald quotes Bayer in article on PETA roadside tombstone proposal

The Portland Press Herald quoted Bob Bayer, the executive director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, in an article on the proposal by the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to install a roadside memorial for the lobsters that died in an Aug. 22 seafood truck rollover on Route 1 in Brunswick. It is estimated that more than 4,500 lobsters died as a result of the crash. The proposed memorial would be a tombstone with an image of a lobster and a memorial message including the words “Try Vegan.” If approved, the memorial could be in place for up to 12 weeks, according to the Press Herald. Research suggests lobsters have nervous systems like those of insects and probably do not feel pain, Bayer said, though he acknowledged there is no definitive conclusion.