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!