Skip to comments.(Norwegian Food Writer) Charged after crab boiling
Posted on 06/16/2007 12:58:53 PM PDT by wagglebee
Aftenposten's food writer Yngve Ekern has been charged with animal cruelty by animal rights group NOAH after an article about cooking crabs.
The case against Ekern has been dismissed and instead referred to the Conciliation Board, reports trade newspaper Journalisten on its web site, but there will be repercussions.
Ekern angered animal activists with his description of preparing crabs on the beach while his children were watching. He described throwing the crabs into hot oil after bashing them on a cutting board, a process that didn't kill all of them.
The article also outlined how to boil crabs, and included recipes.
"Showing how to boil living crabs is encouraging law-breaking. Crabs are also covered by the Animal Protection Act, and animals shall not be exposed to pain," NOAH leader Siri Martinsen told Journalisten.no.
"It is highly probable that crabs have the ability to feel pain. We know too little about it and the animals should get the benefit of the doubt," she said.
Ekern was saddened by the charges and will meet NOAH at the Conciliation Board on Monday.
"I think on should turn up and hear what NOAH has to say, and I am especially looking forward to hearing an alternative method of boiling crabs, because they are traditionally boiled alive," Ekern said.
Senior researcher Stein Martinsen at the Institute of Marine Research does not have good news for NOAH.
"It is difficult to kill shellfish in other ways than boiling. I know some who hack lobsters in two, but they have a tiny brain that is not so easy to hit," Martinsen said.
Personally, he lets the crabs get very cold before boiling them.
"They get practically anesthetized lying in the refrigerator. If you then make sure that the water is boiling, it goes quickly," Martinsen said.
Norway's Food Safety Authority will establish a committee to examine the question of what crabs can feel during the boiling.
Aftenposten is the same periodical whose editorial once called for all males to sit down and pee. Apparently it is degrading that women have to sit down and men dont..
And that’s not an easy thing to accomplish.
They kill crabs???
It's one thing for a perpetually-hysterical "animal rights" pressure group to spew forth their usual idiotic statements; it's quite another for a Governmental body to give such infantile blatherings credence.
The inmates are not only running the asylum, they are building massive new wings onto the structure and forcing taxpayers to fund the construction.
And so do crawfish and lobster. The drawn butter is but an afterthought.
That’s also the way it is (or was) done in this house, too.
Food writer Yngve Ekern is sorry he offended animal rights activists.
That's because he's a spineless Socialist.
I have never heard of people cooking crabs any other way.
I would guess that's healthier but think of the vitamins that get destroyed by the heat.
Everyone knows the Noisy boiling water drowns out their little blood curt'ling screams ........ sshheeeeeeesssshhh.......
he he he....
Goofy hair? check.
Silly necklace? check.
Small penis? assumed.
Yep. He's a socialist.
Crabs are scavengers, I don’t think it would be safe to eat them raw.
If you put these little fellows in flowing water (a tank with a really good filter would be sufficient) for a couple of days, all the nasty stuff will come out and the meat will be perfect for sashimi.
“It is highly probable that crabs have the ability to feel pain. We know too little about it and the animals should get the benefit of the doubt,” she said.”
I wonder whzt her poisition is on partial birth abortion. I’d be willing to bet the farm that she’s ‘pro-choice.’
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