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We Hate It when Stupid People Boil Lobsters And Crabs Alive!

Doing some research to figure out how to approach the overwhelming problem/issue of how to deal with all of the live lobsters and crabs in the city. First of all, that they are contained in these horrific tanks, where they are stressed out of their claws for days and hours on end…. Then facing a witch hunt trial of being boiled alive, like they are nothing more than a noodle…. Peace! People! Are we not liberated from the forces of mediocrity and medieval times yet? Nope.

Well, as we expected to hear, there is no humane way of killing a lobster. So we just have to stop eating them! Well, we’d love to hear what you think and if you have any suggestions.

Here is a letter written to a Chef who said that Lobsters have no nervous systems and can feel no pain.

Wow, I just read your article about how to humanely cook a lobster, which comes across as completely cold hearted and inhumane and I would like to correct you on some points.

“Contrary to claims made by seafood sellers, scientists have determined that lobsters, like all animals, can feel pain. Also, when kept in tanks, they may suffer from stress associated with confinement, low oxygen levels, and crowding. Most scientists agree that a lobster’s nervous system is quite sophisticated. Neurobiologist Tom Abrams says lobsters have “a full array of senses.”

Lobsters may feel even more pain than we would in similar situations. According to invertebrate zoologist Jaren G. Horsley, “The lobster does not have an autonomic nervous system that puts it into a state of shock when it is harmed. It probably feels itself being cut. … I think the lobster is in a great deal of pain from being cut open … [and] feels all the pain until its nervous system is destroyed” during cooking.

“As an invertebrate zoologist who has studied crustaceans for a number of years, I can tell you the lobster has a rather sophisticated nervous system that, among other things, allows it to sense actions that will cause it harm. … [Lobsters] can, I am sure, sense pain.”—Jaren G. Horsley, Ph.D ” peta blog

Our world is cruel and painful enough, although I am gratful that you have made an attempt to offer humane alternatives to boiling lobsters alive, I find it completely arrogant and selfish when I see Chefs taking a position following the myth that lobsters feel no pain because they have no central nervous system (How I Wish that were the case!) anybody with a heart and eyes, can begin to imagine what they would experience and can see that a thrashing lobster is obviously in pain! That is pure common sense! When you are writing articles and informing others about ethical choices that results in the possibility of creating incredible agony for sentient beings, it should be made with some deep soul searching thoughts about what you are saying. A good way to start, is to begin with compassion for all living beings. We hope you will join the new wave of humanitarians around the world who are advocating a vegan diet for our planet, our selves and of course the innocent beings that allow us to share this planet with them.

Sincerely,
VARC

Written in response to this article: http://homecooking.about.com/od/seafood/a/lobsterkill.htm

We think, this little blue lobster here, is the only way one should ever hold a lobster . . .

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5 Responses

  1. Jo Schmo says:

    Yum, lobster, crab, and clams! Why are some humans so sensitive? I wonder if, lobsters and crabs feel pain when fish and other animals rip them apart and eat them? What makes us different then other animals- If you believe that all animals are sentient, then what makes us different from fish and other sea creatures that devour crustaceans? Well anyway, eat or be eaten! Darwinism…well it a least exisit in the non human animal kingdom;-)

  2. damian says:

    This campaign, if serious, is a waste of time. Crabs and lobsters have bug brains and they die as soon as they are exposed to boiling water, obviously

    • theroaringbutterfly says:

      Obviously, bug brains. We have the sense you are quite familiar with the brain of a bug and would surely know how stupid they are. Yes, here we are, dealing with the bug brains, sadly.

    • theroaringbutterfly says:

      Lobsters can do something humans can’t, they can make sounds, that make sense to one another.

      “While acoustic communication is common in many marine species, it has received little attention in the American lobster. In recent work we have demonstrated that American lobsters are capable of both producing and detecting low frequency sounds. They produce sounds, with an average frequency of 183 Hz, by vibrating their carapace using the remotor and promotor muscles of their second antennae. They are most sensitive to sounds in this same frequency range, although they are capable of detecting sounds between 20 and 10,000 Hz. They tend to produce these sounds when grasped or threatened, but their purpose remains elusive.”

      http://www.lobsters.unh.edu/bioacoustic/bioacoustic.html

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