Lobsters are cut and boiled alive and served as food to humans.

Boiling Alive

Merchants will try to justify boiling lobsters alive by explaining that their nervous systems aren't developed enough to feel pain. Lobsters however, have very sophisticated nervous systems, that allow them to sense actions that will cause them harm and feel pain.

While being boiled alive, you can notice lobsters throwing their bodies around, scraping the pan, desperately trying to escape.

Lobster being boiled alive.

Boiled lobster.

"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. Horsley

Lobster Tanks

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.

Lobster at a fish market.

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