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(Washington Post)   Scientists think lobsters may feel pain, but need further research on the effects of clarified butter   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 35
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2014-03-11 03:06:31 AM  
My first thought was, "What difference does it make, we'll eat it anyway?", but the article goes on to explain the difference it makes.
 
2014-03-11 06:48:15 AM  
My first thought was, "Who cares?  Lobsters are assholes."
 
2014-03-11 09:11:46 AM  
Poor pinchy!
 
2014-03-11 09:13:20 AM  
That's not screaming , it's just air escaping.
 
2014-03-11 09:13:59 AM  
Is that why they scream when you throw them in a pot of boiling water?

Some real genius going on in that lab.
 
2014-03-11 09:15:43 AM  

macross87: Poor pinchy!


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2014-03-11 09:15:46 AM  
Which is why you pop game in the head with one shot, if you hunt well, and intend to eat it.

Same goes for Homard.
Fast kill, then cook.
 
2014-03-11 09:17:03 AM  
crawfish > lobster
 
2014-03-11 09:18:19 AM  
Everyone knows clarified butter is a crustacean pain killer. Works every time.
 
2014-03-11 09:23:13 AM  
Put a knife through the lobster right behind the eyes just prior to cooking will kill it as will an hour in the freezer. It's not that hard to avoid cooking them live.
 
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2014-03-11 09:24:12 AM  
I'll wear this to help ease the pain.

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2014-03-11 09:28:33 AM  

Cold_Sassy: Is that why they scream when you throw them in a pot of boiling water?

Some real genius going on in that lab.


Well since they have neither lungs nor vocal cords that is most certainly not "screaming". But don't let facts stop you from feeling superior to trained scientists.
 
2014-03-11 09:28:36 AM  
You know who does feel pain that I'm guessing most of the tools who are wailing over lobster pain don't give two sheets about--fetuses during an abortion.  Just sayin.
 
2014-03-11 09:29:32 AM  

Tom_Slick: Put a knife through the lobster right behind the eyes just prior to cooking will kill it as will an hour in the freezer. It's not that hard to avoid cooking them live.



THIS
 
2014-03-11 09:32:44 AM  
The pain they endure just prior to death adds a pleasant tang to their flesh that I find enjoyable.
 
2014-03-11 09:38:28 AM  

The Crepes of Wrath: The pain they endure just prior to death adds a pleasant tang to their flesh that I find enjoyable.


THIS
 
2014-03-11 09:50:26 AM  
Anyone else thinks this guy just likes to zap things?
 
2014-03-11 10:01:28 AM  
Obligatory for every lobster thread:

Consider the Lobster, by David Foster Wallace
 
2014-03-11 11:20:58 AM  

SpectroBoy: Cold_Sassy: Is that why they scream when you throw them in a pot of boiling water?

Some real genius going on in that lab.

Well since they have neither lungs nor vocal cords that is most certainly not "screaming". But don't let facts stop you from feeling superior to trained scientists.


Look, if you RTFA you would garner that even "trained scientists" can't agree on whether lobsters feel pain or not; however, you are entitled to your whistling teapot theory and I'll keep to mine.
 
2014-03-11 11:27:09 AM  

CivicMindedFive: You know who does feel pain that I'm guessing most of the tools who are wailing over lobster pain don't give two sheets about--fetuses during an abortion.  Just sayin.


Did you Jesus tell you that?

Anyway, less people due to abortions means more lobster for me.

And I don't even like lobster
 
2014-03-11 12:05:10 PM  
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2014-03-11 12:15:11 PM  
the practice of tearing claws from live crabs before tossing them back into the sea, such views are based on a hunch.

Well that's just wasteful and unnecessarily cruel. Whether they really feel pain or not, that's pretty messed up. Just checked and studies indicate a pretty low percentage are able to survive and regrow the claws.
 
2014-03-11 12:44:30 PM  

Cold_Sassy: SpectroBoy: Cold_Sassy: Is that why they scream when you throw them in a pot of boiling water?

Some real genius going on in that lab.

Well since they have neither lungs nor vocal cords that is most certainly not "screaming". But don't let facts stop you from feeling superior to trained scientists.

Look, if you RTFA you would garner that even "trained scientists" can't agree on whether lobsters feel pain or not; however, you are entitled to your whistling teapot theory and I'll keep to mine.



You said they scream. I proved they don't.

This is not a case of "your opinion is as good as mine".  This is a case of you not admitting you are wrong.
 
2014-03-11 12:51:06 PM  

CivicMindedFive: You know who does feel pain that I'm guessing most of the tools who are wailing over lobster pain don't give two sheets about--fetuses during an abortion.  Just sayin.


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2014-03-11 01:02:12 PM  
I thought the method least painful for a lobster was immersion in ice cold fresh water.  My understanding is they quickly suffocate.
 
2014-03-11 01:11:08 PM  

rwfan: I thought the method least painful for a lobster was immersion in ice cold fresh water.  My understanding is they quickly suffocate.


Now I have to go home and experiment with a few dozen of them.
 
2014-03-11 01:25:58 PM  
Mary Tyler Moore went public with the plea for us not to eat lobster.

"They have families!" she claimed.

I always wondered how she knew this.  Did they find a Lobster Social Services?

http://www.nytimes.com/1995/12/31/us/new-animal-rights-cause-urges-f re e-the-lobsters.html

From the link:

In August, during the annual Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, the ethical treatment group bought an advertisement in a Maine newspaper that featured an open letter from the actress Mary Tyler Moore. "Marine biologists report that lobsters are fascinating beings with complex social interactions, long childhoods and awkward adolescences," Ms. Moore wrote. "Like humans, they flirt with one another and have even been seen walking 'claw-in-claw!' And like humans, lobsters feel pain.
"To me, eating a lobster is out of the question," added Ms. Moore, who tried unsuccessfully last year to pay $1,000 to free a 16-pound lobster named Spike from a Malibu, Calif., restaurant, Gladstone's.
(Rush Limbaugh, the conservative talk show host, later offered to pay $2,000 to eat it, a bid that was also rejected by the restaurant, which says it is keeping the lobster as a pet.)


I included the Rush Limbaugh part because it made me laugh.
 
2014-03-11 01:37:04 PM  

Yakk: macross87: Poor pinchy!

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Homard Simpson
 
2014-03-11 01:40:04 PM  
Wouldn't it have been funnier to say "Scientists think lobsters may feel pain, but need butter to clarify"?
 
2014-03-11 02:02:00 PM  

CivicMindedFive: You know who does feel pain that I'm guessing most of the tools who are wailing over lobster pain don't give two sheets about--fetuses during an abortion.  Just sayin.


It's not our fault they aren't tasty.
 
2014-03-11 02:15:09 PM  
I always added a 375 of vodka to the pot and put them in cold.  They died of the alcohol long before the heat bothered them.

/Lobsters are mean drunks, BTW
 
2014-03-11 02:21:44 PM  
I know lobsters feel pain because I read Silverberg's "Homefaring".
/somewhat to very obscure
 
2014-03-11 02:56:49 PM  
Even the lettuce you so wantonly stuff down your maw feels pain...in a plant sort of way.  Just about every living organism has senses for their environment and they react to invasive trauma to their structure.

Chew on that vegans.
 
2014-03-11 06:31:27 PM  
The Walrus and The Carpenter
Lewis Carroll

The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright--
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done--
"It's very rude of him," she said,
"To come and spoil the fun!"
The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead--
There were no birds to fly.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Were walking close at hand;
They wept like anything to see
Such quantities of sand:
"If this were only cleared away,"
They said, "it would be grand!"
"If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year.
Do you suppose," the Walrus said,
"That they could get it clear?"
"I doubt it," said the Carpenter,
And shed a bitter tear.

"O Oysters, come and walk with us!"
The Walrus did beseech.
"A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each."
The eldest Oyster looked at him,
But never a word he said:

The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head--
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the oyster-bed.
But four young Oysters hurried up,
All eager for the treat:
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat--
And this was odd, because, you know,
They hadn't any feet.

Four other Oysters followed them,
And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more--
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:

And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.
"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--

And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."
"But wait a bit," the Oysters cried,
"Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!"
"No hurry!" said the Carpenter.

They thanked him much for that.
"A loaf of bread," the Walrus said,
"Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed--
Now if you're ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed."
"But not on us!" the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
"After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!"
"The night is fine," the Walrus said.
"Do you admire the view?
"It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!"

The Carpenter said nothing but
"Cut us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so deaf--
I've had to ask you twice!"
"It seems a shame," the Walrus said,
"To play them such a trick,
After we've brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!"
The Carpenter said nothing but
"The butter's spread too thick!"
"I weep for you," the Walrus said:
"I deeply sympathize."

With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.
"O Oysters," said the Carpenter,
"You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
But answer came there none--
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.
 
2014-03-11 07:14:00 PM  
Wow, we worry more about lobsters then we do babies -- sorry, fetuses!!!
 
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