I live on the Gulf Coast and most know that I am a bit of a foodie…..because I lived where I do most people do not understand why I do not eat seafood…..my region is known for its shrimp and oysters and crabs….
I do not eat crab or crawfish of lobster….why? They need to be boil while still alive…..I have a problem with dropping anything alive into boiling water….and I guess I am not alone……
Lobsters may not actually scream when they’re placed live into pots of boiling water (they don’t have vocal cords), but the jury’s still out on whether they feel pain. Switzerland isn’t taking chances, issuing a government decree that “the practice of plunging live lobsters into boiling water, which is common in restaurants, is no longer permitted,” the AFP reports. The crustaceans will have to be “stunned” first, either via electric shock or the “mechanical destruction” of the lobster’s brain, per Radio Television Suisse. Transporters of live lobsters will also be required to carry them around “in their natural environment,” not on ice or in super-cold water. Reuters notes the new rules, adopted Wednesday, will take effect in March.
Animal rights activists have long argued that lobsters, crabs, and other shellfish are able to feel pain, and there’s been some evidence to back that claim up. In a 2013 study in the Journal of Experimental Biology cited by US News, for example, crabs stayed away from areas of their tanks that delivered electric shocks. The research is still deemed “inconclusive,” though many scientists say it’s “highly likely” the creatures feel pain, even if it’s yet to be conclusively proven. The new Swiss lobster laws are part of an overall overhaul of the country’s animal protection rules. Also included in the revamp are new regulations going after illegal puppy farms, detailing how to humanely euthanize sick or hurt animals, and putting the onus for animal welfare at public events on the event’s organizers.
I still do not like the idea of boiling anything while alive stunned or not.
And NO I do not eat oysters!
Time to say bye bye for now…..chuq