When going out for a nice dinner, people usually associate nice with expensive. But expensive isn’t the only thing that comes to most people’s minds, in particular they think of “fancy” food like lobster and steak. For these people, taste is what they are satisfying. Logic on the other hand? Not so much. Besides the high price these people pay for dinner, what about the serious price these animals pay… their lives.
One can’t help but wonder if it’s the lack of connection to these animals that keeps people from feeling empathy towards them or their taste buds that conquer all other forms of thought? Specifically, what makes taste so significant and glorified that it requires an animal to be boiled alive?
Yes, I said boiled alive. That’s exactly what happens to lobsters and crabs. Whether you bought it live from the store or ordered it from a restaurant, it’s the same amount of cruelty. The only difference is whether you choose to witness their bodies being thrown into scalding ho water or not, alive.
But a lot of times when people eat lobster it’s from a restaurant. Why? Because hearing the lobster ‘scream’ would cause them guilt; well for most, at least. Besides, who with a heart could put a living creature into a pot of boiling hot water and listen to it scream and try to escape, all for a taste of it’s flesh? You’d be surprised, though.
For a long time, it seems many people believed that these lobsters couldn’t feel pain from being from the crustacean familia. But in contrary to what seafood sellers have convinced, or tried to convince consumers, these animals do feel pain! Maybe even more than humans would in this situation, studies show.
“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 Clearly, to us animals lovers, it’s not even rational to question whether these animals can feel pain or not; for we knew all along by simply putting ourselves in their shells.
Then again, many could argue that freezing the lobsters before boiling them is a better alternative. But really, the best alternative is to not eat these creatures at all! Why cause unnecessary pain to someone who did nothing to you? This logic goes back to what we learned in 1st grade, the Golden Rule: treat others how you want to be treated. And honestly, it’s that simple!
Besides, these magnificent creatures are a lot more like us than you’d think. In fact, “just like us they also carry their young for nine months and can live to be more than 100 years old.”
In the end, you must decide whether you are going to base your decisions on tradition or evidence: traditions of cruel, barbarous ways to satisfy taste, or evidence; evidence from the human eye, the heart, and the soul itself. We cannot only see their pain but we can feel it; and that, is some powerful, powerful proof.
Just because these animals are smaller, weaker, and do not have vocal chords, does not make it okay to take advantage of them. Every creature deserves a chance to live and NO BEING wants to be boiled alive. You can respect that, can’t you?
Going without eating a lobster won’t kill you… but it will kill the lobster. To witness this cruelty, watch below. Warning, this is graphic and may cause extreme discomfort, especially to young audiences.