February 15, 2005

No Brain No Pain?

The title comes from Hans as the QOTD. It originally belongs to a fellow named Mike Loughlin. The debate today is whether lobsters feel pain. Nordic folk say, no.

PORTLAND, Maine - A new study out of Norway concludes that it's unlikely lobsters feel pain, stirring up a long-simmering debate over whether Maine's most valuable seafood suffers when it's being cooked.

Animal activists for years have claimed that lobsters feel excruciating agony when they are cooked, and that dropping one in a pot of boiling water is tantamount to torture.
And what do I have to say about this?

1) Doesn't matter - I couldn't boil a lobster, pain or no. I'd feel guilty.
2) So the squealing is just for show?
3) Egad, I'm not bashing PETA on this one. I'd best do that in another post.


Posted by hln at February 15, 2005 07:08 PM | PETA! | TrackBack

1) We murder 4 lobsters annually, a Christmas tradition. We get a tasty dinner, the lobster gets a quick and painless death.
2) The squealing is just the air rushing out of the sealed shell. They don't even have vocal cords, they communicate with pheromones.
3) If a lobster, or other delicious animal doesn't feel pain, would PETA still care?

Posted by: Ryan at February 15, 2005 09:26 PM

1) Your choice.
2) Lobsters don't have vocal chords. The squealing, when it happens, is due to heated air escaping from the shell.
3) Lobster meat tastes great, especially when dipped in butter. :-)

Posted by: Mike at February 15, 2005 09:31 PM

Of COURSE lobsters feel pain. Pain is a survival mechanism that alerts the animal to tissue damage.

But I don't care what they feel, because they're below me on the food chain.

Posted by: Harvey at February 16, 2005 10:18 AM

Boil a lobster? I cannot think of a more horrendous idea. What kind of person would boil a lobster?

Lobster should be steamed.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at February 18, 2005 07:20 AM