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I am not particularly knowledgeable on sea creatures such as the lobster and did not know that lobster meat spoils rather quickly once they die. The general practise is that they are kept alive on packs of crushed ice. I saw some of them twitch their feelers once in a while.

 

Not a nice way to go out, specially considering this - since they are not vertebrates, it is generally perceived that they lack a central nervous system and therefore do not feel pain. By extension, there are no animal abuse or cruelty laws that apply to them. Chefs routinely tear them apart limb from limb or lower them into boiling pots of water, all while the lobsters are very much alive. 

Barcelona Seafood

I am not particularly knowledgeable on sea creatures such as the lobster and did not know that lobster meat spoils rather quickly once they die. The general practise is that they are kept alive on packs of crushed ice. I saw some of them twitch their feelers once in a while.

 

Not a nice way to go out, specially considering this - since they are not vertebrates, it is generally perceived that they lack a central nervous system and therefore do not feel pain. By extension, there are no animal abuse or cruelty laws that apply to them. Chefs routinely tear them apart limb from limb or lower them into boiling pots of water, all while the lobsters are very much alive. 

comments (19)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Jul 2019, 01:35
A nice image, Ayush, but my allergy to crustacians might prevent me from fully appreciating the subject matter.
Ayush Basu: I do not think I am allergic to them but I find nothing appetizing about them, Ray.
La façon de les cuire est très cruelle.
Ayush Basu: So it seems, Martine.
It does seem very cruel Ayush, I'm not a fan of seafood.
Ayush Basu: I am quite fine with sea fish but that is probably the extent of it, Frank.
It always makes me very sad.
Ayush Basu: It was quite some new bit of information while I was putting up this post, Elizabeth.
You're educating me, Ayush! My sister has just moved to Maine, USA, where lobster fishing is a huge industry. When we visit her in October, I'm sure we'll learn even more!
Ayush Basu: I got this education myself just as I was putting up the post, Ginnie.
Oh yes, the time for your annual trip approaches in some months.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Jul 2019, 06:36
I'm not over keen on seafood, except actual fish Ayush
Ayush Basu: You and I have something in common apart from photography interest then, Chris.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Jul 2019, 07:06
A great picture, Ayush. This is a situation that you don't think of what you eat. They are boiled alive as all shrimps and creatures that look alike are boiled alive.... I am surprised that these are not in a tank with water.... I rather have fish....
Ayush Basu: Yes, as long as we do not see it right in front of our eyes, we do not want to know what happens behind the closed doors, Astrid. True universally I guess.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 10 Jul 2019, 08:18
Not a subject for the screamish really then Ayush.
Ayush Basu: You could say that, Chad.
the way lobsters are treated is horrific and disgusting.... i can't bear it....
Ayush Basu: Yes, I did read that up when I was looking up on the internet, Elaine.
Yes the way Lobsters and Crabs are dealt with does seem very inhumane.
Ayush Basu: I did not know this earlier, just read it recently, Brian.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Jul 2019, 13:08
There are those that say they are nicer when baked/boiled alive. I heard them making squeaky noises when going into the oven. That will not stop me from eating them. I am sure mammals that end up on the table also made some noise when killed for butchering. Problem with lobsters - how do you kill them humanely?

Even if I like lobster, you end up with a lot of shell and little meat, making the whole experience extra expensive.
Ayush Basu: I think the method of stunning them with electricity was considered, Louis. But I am sceptical that it can be detected or enforced, considering they are sold live and people/chefs could be cooking them days later, in private properties.
And I have seen implements being used that seem right out of a surgery - that really put the setting completely opposed to appetizing.
Here where lobster is a major industry, lobster certainly is not torn apart before cooking. It is placed head first into boiling water and dies quickly.
Last year, a European country made regulations that the lobster must be clobbered or stunned before cooking.
Ayush Basu: Yes, when I was looking it up, I did hear that it was proposed to shock them. Considering that they are sold live and people could cook them at home, I wonder how far such a measure could be detected and enforced, Mary.
Having been born on Prince Edward Island where, as Mary says, lobster is a major industry I have enjoyed many lobster feasts without a thought as to how they were cooked. Your point gives us the lobster's side of things.
Ayush Basu: I knew none of this until just a few days ago, Beverly.
It's not a seafood I generally eat, Ayush - mainly because of your comment here, and also it is such a lot of work to get so little meat!
Ayush Basu: I have seen the implements used to crack their shells and it indeed does not look inviting, Tom.
I have never tried lobster although I love fresh crab. I confess I love seafood but perhaps I shouldn't
Ayush Basu: Growing up I was more used to freshwater fish, but I do like sea fish, Bill.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Jul 2019, 06:58
Well, I hope what you say is right. It still does does not sit easily with me. I've never tasted lobster and I probably never will.
Ayush Basu: I am fine with sea fish, Alan. But I have seen how people have to use special implements to crack the shell open and that was really conclusive for me.
they wouldn't have to warn me not to touch them Ayush... i am allergic to lobster or any other shellfish... but i have no problem with vertebrates... i still don't like the way that they have to cook lobster....petersmile
Ayush Basu: I do not think I am allergic to them but I find nothing appetizing about them, Peter. And I agree with what you said about them being cooked in that way.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Jul 2019, 18:53
I assume that you have visited the wonderful market in Barcelona where I saw such lobsters, too - a nice image and Bon appetit!
Ayush Basu: Yes, the Boqueria market, I assume you have been there, Philine? It was a nice place to get some photos of life in the market, but lobsters are not for me.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 12 Jul 2019, 01:41
i've never eaten it and have no desire

they are so creepy
Ayush Basu: I have had sea fish and prawns at the most and that is the extent of what I am willing to try, Sherri.

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