Animal activists condemn game at LA fair

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POMONA (CNS) – The Los Angeles chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals today condemned a game at the Los Angeles County Fair called “The Lobster Claw,” in which players operate a crane-like claw to try to snatch a crustacean out of a tank.

The animal welfare group wants Los Angeles County Fair Association to remove the game. “An exhibit like this conveys a message to adults and children alike that it is OK to torment food animals before they are eaten and, in fact, that it is OK to torment animals for amusement and entertainment,” spcaLA president Madeline Bernstein said.

“Tolerating and participating in casual cruelty and behavior that desensitizes us all to the plight of other living things is the fastest way to kill our sense of compassion and empathy.”

In 2008, a similar game was removed from a local restaurant because of public pressure, according spcaLA, which urged fairgoers to shun the game.

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