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    1. The conclusion you are drawing (and the Discovery site is drawing) from that research is still not a decisive result. A single study has found results that could suggest consistent behavior with pain response. Studies prior have had more time to be explored more broadly by the scientific community and many were called into question. The community at large is still undecided on this issue and no similar tests have been run specifically with lobsters (your article deals with hermit crabs).

      That said, the humane killing of lobsters is still something significant to consider as it is difficult to do so with their nervous system (it is not guaranteed that a knife to the brain will kill them instantly). Many people advocate cutting the lobster in half lengthwise, but that requires competent knife skill and a specialized knife fit for the job. It is entirely plausible that this action can take longer than they remain responsive when boiled.

      From what I’ve read (and is also my preferred practice after witnessing the difference first hand), placing the lobsters in a freezer before boiling places them into a hibernation-like state, and diminishes nervous system activity when later boiled (the amount of time the activity lasts in the boiling water is substantially decreased if first hibernated). Furthermore, some of the activity witnessed during boiling is post-death where the nervous system continues to react to outside stimulus after the lobster has died.

      I can’t say conclusively how BU proposes to prepare the lobsters but referring to an action taken nearly worldwide (killing and eating of lobster via boiling) as decadence is preposterous. The research on the subject should certainly be continued but this is misplaced outrage.

    2. People slaughter different animals every minute, and I am sure they all felt pain at least once before their death.

      Or are you just arguing that killing an animal without it suffering and eat it is better than killing an animal with it suffering and eat it?

      Then you have much more to work on, my friend.

  1. Human beings have incisors…. teeth specifically meant for ripping and tearing flesh. If we weren’t meant to eat meat, we would have a mouth full of molars. Man has eaten meat of all kinds since the dawn of time. Now, let’s chow down!

  2. Lobster Night at Boston University: Creating Community through Regional Foodways and Symbolic Consumption | Emily Contois

    […] John. 2011. “Lobster Anyone?” BU Today, September 15. Accessed September 15, […]

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