Should the cooking of living lobster and crab be banned?

  • Yes, it is animal cruelty!

    It is bad enough killing animals. I hate eating meat. It is animal cruelty and it should not be allowed to violate what should be their rights like that. It should be made ILLEGAL right now! BAN all meats! We humans are damaging this planet enough as it is.... stop it right now! How are people this cruel?

  • It is cruel and inhumane.

    Cooking living lobster and especially crab which have been proved to posses an ability to feel pain is especially cruel and a clear offender to the charge of animal cruelty. Lobster and crab should be humanely killed with knife to the skull before the process of cooking. Otherwise the dish should be discouraged from a restaurant in the same manner as shark fin soup. The logic is the same, boiling lobster or crab in hot water is as cruel as, if not more than shopping fin from the shark alive then leave it to death.

  • There are more humane ways.

    It is food, but there exist more humane ways to cook animals, which kill them as quickly as possible first. What difference exists between a lobster and a hamster or rabbit? We might view this "torture" as acceptable because we identify less with these not-so-cuddly creatures. In reality, these are arbitrary differences.

  • Try it yourself and see how you feel

    Take a saucepan full of boiling water and upend it on your head, then try arguing that it is painless. I believe all living animals should be spared and that being a vegetarian should become law. It would also end many of the cattle factories' inhumane treatments too... No sentient being deserves being boiled alive...

  • It is wrong

    How would you like to be cooked alive in a pot of boiling water? Lobsters and crabs, like all living animals can feel pain, they in fact have a very sophisticated nervous systems. While their in the tank at the Chinese restaurant waiting for their turn to be put on a plate they suffer from server stress and anxiety, low oxygen levels and confinement.
    Lobsters may feel even more pain than we would in similar situations because of this advanced nervous system and Lobsters are in a great amount of pain until this nervous system is destroyed (during cooking) which could take anywhere from seconds up to minutes.

    "Anyone who has ever boiled a lobster alive knows that when dropped into scalding water, lobsters whip their bodies wildly and scrape the sides of the pot in a desperate attempt to escape. In the journal Science, researcher Gordon Gunter described this method of killing lobsters as 'unnecessary torture.' " (

    The cooking of live animals is unnecessary torture, cruel and inhumane.

  • Why single lobsters out to be cooked alive?

    It's wrong to boiling them alive. If it's wrong with any other living thing why is it OK for them? It does not really change anything if they where humanly killed prior to being cooked. All inhuman ways of treating animals should be banned, with no exceptions. Personally I believe most animal products should be banned.

  • Normalization of cruelty is wrong

    I despise these food chain, that's real life, survival of the fittest kind of arguments. Their advocates would like to sound masculine and in control, and this is because, in most cases, they suffer from severe insecurity. So they are the victims in the first place... You know, the bullied becomes the bully... If we accept their amoral view of the world, if cruelty becomes a norm, and we allow it in our daily lives, we risk to justify any kind of attrocity against people and animals altogether.

  • Why be cruel on purpose?

    We as humans, with the possibility to feel empathy, should know better than boiling animals alive. Research over the years, on various animals, show that their nervous system and brains are much more complex than we thought. Do we even want to take the risk to boil alive an animal that will experience torturous pain during the whole process?

  • Treat lobsters fairly

    I have never eaten lobster and enjoy relatively good health. I have omitted meat and fish completely from my diet and have enjoyed the alternatives. I do this because of the love of creatures. We have no right to put an innocent creature into a boiling pit to satisfy our tastes, when there are plenty of alternatives. We would certainly protest if we were to be cooked alive like this. We should think of others and stop causing unnecessary suffering to innocent creatures.

  • They feel pain

    "Contrary to claims made by seafood sellers, scientists have determined that lobsters, like all animals, can feel pain. Also, when kept in tanks, they may suffer from stress associated with confinement, low oxygen levels, and crowding. Most scientists agree that a lobster's nervous system is quite sophisticated."

    Lobsters and Crabs feel pain so don't tell me they're being boiled painlessly. We're torturing them. This is horrible, why would anyone do this to them.

  • Why are Lobsters Cooked Alive?

    For many, there is nothing like fresh lobster with butter, a delicacy that is worth the cost. Lobsters can fetch as much as $25 a pound if bought outside New England. Maine lobsters cost around $7 to $10 a pound depending upon the time of year. Lobsters can be shipped anywhere in the world if packed correctly. Directions that come with the packed lobster show you how to cook it. The lobster must be cooked alive because the meat will spoil otherwise. For some, this may seem cruel, but the lobster lacks a central nervous system. So go ahead, cook the lobster and enjoy the sweet meat.

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    Fish cannot feel pain say scientists
    A study has found that, even when caught on a hook and wriggling, the fish is impervious to pain because it does not have the necessary brain power.
    The research, conducted by a team of seven scientists and published in the journal Fish and Fisheries, concluded that the fish’s reaction to being hooked is in fact just an unconscious reaction, rather than a response to pain.
    Fish have already been found to have “nociceptors” - sensory receptors that in humans respond to potentially damaging stimuli by sending signals to the brain, allowing them to feel pain.
    However, the latest research concluded that the mere presence of the receptors did not mean the animals felt pain, but only triggered a unconscious reaction to the threat.
    The latest findings contradict previous research, which suggested that these nociceptors enabled the creatures to feel reflexive and cognitive pain.

    You Animal rights people are just nut cases!

  • The Lobster and crab is an animal which is in the food chain

    Within society today, we always go back to the old standby of "We are at the highest point of the food chain". With this idea, it allows us to do whatever we please to consume these animals. Whether they are dead or alive, it allows for the theory of evolution to occur within species, and allow for higher grades of animals to not be caught. Also, the lobster dies from the heat of the water in which they are cooked, making sure that the animal does not feel pain while being consumed.

  • They taste best fresh.

    I like eating them and they are best fresh. Would you rather stab it in the heart with a knife or have it die away from you in a pot, slowly but painless? How about that? Even if you stabbed it, how would you no if it was really dead? You might be cooking it alive anyways.

  • This is a stupid question.

    Guys. They serve no other purpose than to give us sustenance. And contrary to what you might think, dropping the crustacean in boiling water kills it in about 1.5-2 seconds. So it's not that awful to kill it by boiling water. Eating meat is not wrong, it's just part of nature.

  • Only a stupid butthurt PETA supporter.

    Saying a human should not eat animals is saying a shark should be arrested for eating fish. Some animals are herbivores, and some are carnivores, others are omnivores. Humans are omnivores, just like bears and monkeys and etc etc.
    Any person who thinks it's "cruel" to eat animals, well, we've been eating them for thousands of years since the age of man. And suddenly it becomes all "inhumane". Yes, I am aware of the meat industry and slaughterhouses, but not every single edible animal is killed that way. Ever hurt of hunting? Even though sometimes the animal doesn't die instantly it's still not as inhumane as slaughterhouses.
    Omnivores will be omnivores. It's your choice to be vegan or vegetarian, but keep it to yourself, like religion. But don't go around shouting in other omnivores's faces BAN ANIMAL EATING!!!. It hasn't happened, and will never happen. So go make me a steak.

  • This is my right

    Vegans like to force their views and beliefs on other people and any vegans that think that it should be the law to become vegan would be a breach of the human rights act as it is my right to eat what I like and the vegan law that they want to force on other people who are not vegan would be thrown out as it would be an illegal law. It would not EVEN pass legislation as it would be classed as an illegal law in the eyes of the human rights court. Any vegans who don't understand look it up or ask some one who studied law and you will find out for yourself.

  • Preparation of crustaceans

    The "screaming" sound coming from the animal when being cooked is just air escaping the cavity of the animal. All crustaceans do not feel pain they have a warning system that warns them that something in their environment is not right. It is the humane way to prepare the animal

  • It's Just Dinner

    When they are cooked they die in about 30 seconds. Giving that crabs have hard shells I would be curious about what method to use to kill them before cooking. The shell doesn't stop the heat. What could we do instead? Slit their throats or shoot them with a captive-bolt gun? No, the answer to killing a crab right before you throw it in the tank would be waiting for it to die of whatever which sounds like a bad way for your food to go.

  • Get Gov Out of This

    Within society today, we always go back to the old standby of "We are at the highest point of the food chain". With this idea, it allows us to do whatever we please to consume these animals. Whether they are dead or alive, it allows for the theory of evolution to occur within species, and allow for higher grades of animals to not be caught. Also, the lobster dies from the heat of the water in which they are cooked, making sure that the animal does not feel pain while being consumed.

  • No, Boiling is the best

    Stop china & korea from eating cats & dogs - only crazy liberal, Progressive & socialist would say "yes" - big crabs like mad max waters & whoopie goldberg can't feel a thing & would be fun to see them boil - when you all go to hell you get bbq

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