Skip to comments.Boiling Mad: Crabs Feel Pain
Posted on 03/27/2009 10:37:08 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
A favored method of preparing fresh crabs is to simply boil them alive. A longstanding related question: Do they feel pain? Yes, researchers now say. Not only do crabs suffer pain, a new study found, but they retain a memory of it (assuming they aren't already dead on your dinner plate). The scientists say its time for new laws to consider the suffering of all crustaceans. The study involved using wires to deliver shocks to the bellies of hermit crabs, which, being hermits, often take up residence in left-behind mollusc shells. The crabs that were shocked scampered out of their shells, "indicating that the experience is unpleasant for them," the scientists concluded; unshocked crabs stayed put. Another test was run to see what would happen if a mild shock was delivered, one just below the threshold that would cause the crabs to leave home. These mildly shocked crabs, along with crabs that had not been shocked, were then offered a new home. The typical reaction: They'd go inspect the new shell. Significantly, those that had been shocked were more likely to pack up and move to the new residence compared to those that hadn't been shocked. "There has been a long debate about whether crustaceans including crabs, prawns and lobsters feel pain," said study researcher Bob Elwood of Queen's University Belfast in the UK.
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O.M.G.....I'm going to explode!
I wish they’d devote just a little of their time and research to HUMAN suffering.
They’re food. I don’t care what they feel. We all have pain. If I were food, it would hurt me, too, but that would be that.
Will they prosecute bass and raccoons and baleen whales for cruelty to animals when they eat them alive?
How about the 20,000,000 aborted babies, do they feel PAIN?
I love Dungeness crab! All these damn touchy feely idiots will have to pry the shells from my cold dead hands!
That's what the aliens are going to say about humans when the invasion begins. ;)
Won’t ever stop me from eating them. Mmmmmm. Yum, yum!
The way these people think is ludicrous! Don’t cut your lawn!...Can’t you hear the blades of grass crying?
Here we go ... since research scientists at Baylor Medical Center have proven that plants, including vegetables, feel pain when subjected to trauma such as being yanked out of the ground, peeled, cooked, and eaten ... I’m guessing the vegans and assorted leftist kooks are in a real quandry.
My suggestion is they take their own advice, reduce their carbon footprint to zero and mulch themselves as penance for all the pain they’ve inflicted.
is there any other way??
They're going to criminalize boiling water?
It probably really sucks for the crabs for about 1 second. Then they become delicious.
Soon they will all be used by the government as solent green.
Well, tomatoes do scream when you pick them. But it could be a scream of relief.
If I believed in aliens, I’d be nervous. :D If I don’t believe in them, they can’t hurt me, right?
I don’t care what they feel. Just get them on my plate ASAP! Side of butter!
Me neither!....In fact, the picture made me hungry...It’s Dungeness crab for dinner tonight!
Hermit crabs can be pets too..
Please pardon me while I tune up the world's tiniest violin, as I consider the suffering of all crustaceans.
There. That's better.
Now let me move along to consider which is tastier: crab cakes, or crab with Chinese black bean sauce.
Old Bay or J.O.?
I do love me some lobster and crab, but I also have to say I feel bad about that.
Yeah, I know, they gotta die for me to eat ‘em. But I do wish there was a more humane way.
You have to admit, being boild alive has to be one of the worst ways imaginable.
They actually went through the trouble of shocking poor little hermit crabs to determine that the crabs don’t like it. Duh.
My grandkids got some Hermit Crabs and put them in a large aquarium with multiple size plastic shells. Fascinating!
Then, after they got tired of taking care of them, they gave them to the kindergarteners, who remain fascinated. :D
Wondering the age group of these alleged “Scientists”. Wondering if these are the results of too much “Sesame Street”, “Disney”, and other cutesy animal puppet/cartoon characters crammed into the kids brains throughout the sixties, seventies...I guess still going on today?
These “Scientists” definitely require some “Gibbing” on the backs of their heads.
Their alternative, that of being chewed up alive by a sea otter or gastropod, doesn’t sound too pleasant either....
Yeah, I guess they would scream at that too! The ludicrous left...always thinking of ways to take the enjoyment out of life!....They really are miserable people! I’m so glad I had the brains not to be a libtard!
I forgot to tell you, my husband was a classical keyboard musician for church almost all his life. That was one of the jokes he told me back when we were dating. The other was, “Bach’s Organ Works....and his isn’t the only one.”
He was religious, but not celibate. Heh-heh.
Until animals hold jobs and pay taxes, their only purpose is to be eaten, preferrably with sides of butter and A1 sauce.
Well, thats one way to solve the homeless problem.
If you've never had them barbecued, you haven't lived.
Kiddygarten teacher takes care of them now. :D They DO grow fast, though.
Looks like a crab cleaning course. Dig in.
I will just butter them up a little and it should deflect their pain.
Oh, well. They feel pain, I’ll thank them for their sacrifice before I dip them in butter.
I’ll toast their sacrifice with a glass of beer!
Boiled alive or chewed alive. That's really about the only two choices the crabs got.
Do you knwo what solent green is?
Of all the important things scientists could be researching, they’re researching this.
I just wonder if the crabs have any concern at all for the pain of their prey when they tear anything they catch apart one chunk at a time?
These animal rights activists are just plain silly.
Thank you for sharing...I hope my posts never offend anyone, but in these ominous times, I use humor quite often, just to keep myself from crying all the time...LOL. You’re husband sounds like a GREAT person. God richly bless you and him.
Yes, thats why I said what I said.
This is what evolutionary thinking will get you...
we’re nothing special, just happened to evolve the way we are out of the same goo as the crab did.
People of this world are so lost...
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