Let's Not Forget
Down and Feathers
Lobsters are very interesting creatures. If you would like to find out
more about them, please visit my Animal
Facts Lobsters page.
These fascinating creatures are cut and boiled alive and served as food to humans.
Merchants will try to justify boiling lobsters alive by explaining
that their nervous systems aren't developed enough to feel pain. However,
as I explained on my Lobsters
page, lobsters actually have very sophisticated nervous
While being boiled alive, you can notice lobsters throwing their
bodies around, scraping the pan, desperately trying to escape.
“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”
-- Invertebrate zoologist Jaren G.
Lobsters are very sensitive to the quality of water and can die if
there is too much waste in it. To prevent the lobsters' excrement from
contaminating the tank water with ammonia, merchants will usually not feed
the lobsters while they are waiting to be bought. Often lobsters starve or
try to eat each other.
If you would like more information, please check out the following
Lobster at a Fish Market
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