Lobbying for Lobsters
The slow descent into the pot. The shock of the boiling water. The slow eclipse of the light and then — darkness. Or at least that’s how a growing number of animal rights activists all over the world think it must be for lobsters when they’re boiled alive for the consumption of tourists in Maine and elsewhere around the globe. Others argue that these bottom-feeders have limited sensory perception, anyway, and are lulled to sleep by the hot water within minutes. But recent experiments on crustacean pain tolerance have reignited the debate. New Zealand counts crustaceans under animal rights laws, and the British Shellfish Network regularly advocates on the lobster’s behalf. Activists and innovators are seeking ways to cook lobsters in a more humane way, including the Crustastun, a pricey but effective gadget that shocks and kills crustaceans prior to boiling.
Read more online at the Huffington Post.