February 15, 2005
what a relief
I've often spent a sleepless night worrying about the pain I might have caused that last batch of live crabs I cooked and ate. I mean, it's possibly an incredibly cruel thing to do--- drop a live animal into a pot of boiling water and then EAT IT when you've heartlessly killed the poor thing.
"Lobsters and crabs have some capacity of learning, but it is unlikely that they can feel pain," concluded the 39-page report, aimed at determining if creatures without backbones should be subject to animal welfare legislation as Norway revises its animal welfare law.
Bejus! "Animal Welfare" law for lobsters and crabs. What's next? Laws protecting fire ants and cockroaches? I'll be happy to share my own opinion on this matter:
Human beings have some capacity for learning, but it is unlikely that some of them EVER will drag their heads out of their asses. Sheer stupidity is a uniquely human trait. Crabs and lobsters aren't stupid. The just don't think at all. They don't worry about Changing the World or Saving the Children. They just behave as crustaceans and taste good when cooked properly. Humans, on the other hand, worry a lot about stupid things, and the more stupid the person, the more stupid things he can invent to worry about.
People who worry about the "suffering" of crabs and lobsters don't have enough to do with their time.
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