Lobster Liberation Front

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The Lobster Liberation Front (LLF) is an animal rights campaign which first appeared on the coasts of Dorset in 2004, later spreading to Wales,[1] Scotland,[2] and some European countries.[3][4][5] Their methods include releasing lobsters in live storage and sabotaging lobster pots or fishing boats.


The group uses the same leaderless-resistance model as the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and Earth Liberation Front (ELF), which consists of small, autonomous, covert cells acting independently. A cell may consist of just one person.

The LLF consider boiling lobsters alive (the traditional method for cooking them) unacceptable and use direct action to prevent it. As lobsters possess a rudimentary nervous system, the LLF believe they feel pain and thus boiling them is unnecessarily cruel.[6] This was challenged by a Norwegian study released in 2005, which suggested that lobsters cannot feel pain due to their diminished nervous capacity.[7] A 2007 British study contradicted that conclusion, suggesting that crustaceans do feel pain, and that pain responses are crucial to any organism's survival.[8]

Direct action


In March, the village of Worth Matravers, Dorset was targeted when the individuals twice wrecked a fisherman's boat and set lobsters free. The actions were reported to the Southern Animal Rights Coalition, sent anonymously by the LLF.[9] Shortly following this action, one thousand pounds worth of damage was made in June when it was presumed activists targeted a fisherman's potts in Cardigan and in Crymych, Wales.[1]


Actions were then reported to Bite Back magazine from the LLF, claiming the liberation of lobsters and sabotaging of fishing property in Italy and Sweden in 2005 as well as Turkey.[3][4][5] A year later there was also a large number of fisherman's pots damaged in Stranraer, Scotland, with graffiti left at the scene indicating the group had carried out the attacks.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Lobster pot sabotage inquiry", BBC News, 24 June 2004.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Lobster liberation claims probed", BBC News, 30 March 2006.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "BITE BACK Magazine". Retrieved 31 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "BITE BACK Magazine". Retrieved 31 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 Untitled-1
  6. "Lobster Liberation - Lobsters are Fascinating Animals", SARC
  7. "Scientists say lobsters feel no pain", Guardian Unlimited, February 8, 2005.
  8. Sample, Ian. "Blow for fans of boiled lobster: crustaceans feel pain, study says", The Guardian, November 8, 2007.
  9. "Activists' 'war' to save lobsters", BBC News, July 30, 2004.

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