Vegan spends hundreds to rescue King Louie, a giant 23-pound lobster

Published on
December 2, 2016

A young vegan from Halifax has extended the reign of “King Louie,” a 23-pound live lobster caught by fishermen from New Brunswick, Canada last month.

Katie Conklin, 27, heard about King Louie, who is estimated to be nearly a century old, from her grandfather. Despite their differing approaches to veganism (Conklin’s grandfather is not vegan), both decided that the twilight of the lobster’s life should not be in a tank, according to a CBC News report. So, Conklin purchased King Louie from Alma Lobster Shop, where the crustacean had been delivered by fishermen, for CAD 230 (USD 173, EUR 162) after reaching an agreement with co-owner Catherine MacDonald.

MacDonald also helped Conklin return Louie to the ocean – instead of shipping the lobster to Halifax, MacDonald had it “released on a vessel out in the Bay of Fundy in front of the village," she told The Canadian Press.

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