It’s strange that Whole Foods would turn to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals vice president Bruce Friedrich for moral sanction of its recent decision to discontinue the sale of live lobsters. [“Lynn market: Lobsters are alive and kickin’,” June 17] Considering Friedrich’s approval of violence against animal-rights opponents, he is unqualified to judge what constitutes “ethical” behavior

At a recent animal rights conference, Friedrich said that “blowing things up and smashing windows” is “a great way to bring about animal liberation.” He added: “Hallelujah to the people who are willing to do it.”

Besides, it’s the height of hypocrisy for PETA to claim that a cooking practice should “warrant felony cruelty to animals charges” while its own vice president advocates felonious behavior. And if Whole Foods decides to cast its lot with the fanatics from PETA, it should be prepared for not-so-subtle threats unless it also stops selling pork, beef, cheese, milk, yogurt, and eggs-¬all things PETA opposes.