An undercover PETA video showing the inhumane dismemberment of crabs and lobsters at Maine-based Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster has prompted Delaware North to end its relationship with the company, which supplied lobster to its venues at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., and TD Garden in Boston.
The Buffalo-headquartered food service company announced its decision Tuesday through PETA, which released the video to CBS News in September.
The 4 1/2-minute segment (Warning: Graphic content and language) shows Linda Bean employees using spikes and metal claws to tear the legs, heads and shells off live lobsters and crabs before discarding them — still conscious and moving — into a bin.
“Although more modern and less painful systems for slaughtering lobsters and crabs are available, Bean continues to use crude and cruel methods that cause agonizing deaths for millions of crustaceans,” PETA wrote in a statement.
Delaware North oversees concessions at more than 50 major and minor league sporting arenas along with hundreds of other locations around the world, serving more than 500 million customers a year.
Target Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins, and TD Garden each offered items featuring lobster from Linda Bean’s.
Target Field hosts MLB’s annual All-Star Game next week.