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Boiling Mad: Crabs Feel Pain
YahooNews ^ | 03/27/09 | Robert Roy Britt

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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"The scientists say its time for new laws to consider the suffering of all crustaceans."

O.M.G.....I'm going to explode!

1 posted on 03/27/2009 10:37:08 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I wish they’d devote just a little of their time and research to HUMAN suffering.


2 posted on 03/27/2009 10:38:54 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Common courtesy, like common sense, isn't.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

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.


3 posted on 03/27/2009 10:39:05 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
The scientists say its time for new laws to consider the suffering of all crustaceans.

Will they prosecute bass and raccoons and baleen whales for cruelty to animals when they eat them alive?

4 posted on 03/27/2009 10:39:19 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Only after disaster can we be resurrected." -- Tyler Durden)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

How about the 20,000,000 aborted babies, do they feel PAIN?


5 posted on 03/27/2009 10:40:27 AM PDT by stockpirate (We the People should not look for the GOP to save us, they are part of the problem)
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To: Judith Anne

I love Dungeness crab! All these damn touchy feely idiots will have to pry the shells from my cold dead hands!


6 posted on 03/27/2009 10:40:57 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Judith Anne
They’re food. I don’t care what they feel.

That's what the aliens are going to say about humans when the invasion begins. ;)

7 posted on 03/27/2009 10:41:31 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("If you cannot pick it up and run with it, you don't really own it." -- Robert Heinlein)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Won’t ever stop me from eating them. Mmmmmm. Yum, yum!


8 posted on 03/27/2009 10:42:25 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama dozed.....people froze.)
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To: stockpirate

The way these people think is ludicrous! Don’t cut your lawn!...Can’t you hear the blades of grass crying?


9 posted on 03/27/2009 10:42:35 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Mmmm....

10 posted on 03/27/2009 10:42:52 AM PDT by frogjerk (NO TAXATION FOR REAMORTIZATION!)
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To: Mr. Jeeves


May I suggest a "Crabby Patty" instead?
11 posted on 03/27/2009 10:42:52 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

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.


12 posted on 03/27/2009 10:43:00 AM PDT by mgc1122
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
A favored method of preparing fresh crabs is to simply boil them alive

is there any other way??


these people are freaks. Laws to protect crabs from pain??
13 posted on 03/27/2009 10:43:20 AM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
The scientists say its time for new laws to consider the suffering of all crustaceans

They're going to criminalize boiling water?

14 posted on 03/27/2009 10:43:42 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

It probably really sucks for the crabs for about 1 second. Then they become delicious.


15 posted on 03/27/2009 10:43:53 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Soon they will all be used by the government as solent green.


16 posted on 03/27/2009 10:44:20 AM PDT by stockpirate (We the People should not look for the GOP to save us, they are part of the problem)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Well, tomatoes do scream when you pick them. But it could be a scream of relief.


17 posted on 03/27/2009 10:44:21 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

If I believed in aliens, I’d be nervous. :D If I don’t believe in them, they can’t hurt me, right?


18 posted on 03/27/2009 10:44:30 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I don’t care what they feel. Just get them on my plate ASAP! Side of butter!


19 posted on 03/27/2009 10:44:34 AM PDT by JenB987
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Me neither!....In fact, the picture made me hungry...It’s Dungeness crab for dinner tonight!


20 posted on 03/27/2009 10:44:40 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Judith Anne

Hermit crabs can be pets too..


21 posted on 03/27/2009 10:44:57 AM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
...laws to consider the suffering of all crustaceans

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.

22 posted on 03/27/2009 10:45:12 AM PDT by mojito
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To: GeronL
I've always said..."I'D RATHER HAVE A LOBSTER ON MY PIANO, THAN 'CRABS' ON MY 'ORGAN'"
23 posted on 03/27/2009 10:45:32 AM PDT by az.b1bbomberfxr
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To: All

Old Bay or J.O.?

24 posted on 03/27/2009 10:45:37 AM PDT by icwhatudo
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Their alternative, that of being chewed up alive by a sea otter or gastropod, doesn't sound too pleasant either
25 posted on 03/27/2009 10:45:45 AM PDT by Natural Law
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

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.


26 posted on 03/27/2009 10:47:47 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

They actually went through the trouble of shocking poor little hermit crabs to determine that the crabs don’t like it. Duh.


27 posted on 03/27/2009 10:48:04 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: az.b1bbomberfxr; GeronL

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


28 posted on 03/27/2009 10:48:10 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: icwhatudo
OR
29 posted on 03/27/2009 10:48:11 AM PDT by icwhatudo
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

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.


30 posted on 03/27/2009 10:50:01 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
And yet, nobody cares that unborn babies feel pain.

This is s very SICK society we live in.
31 posted on 03/27/2009 10:50:08 AM PDT by Antoninus (So now "change" is defined as "more of the same, but worse"?)
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To: Natural Law

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!


32 posted on 03/27/2009 10:50:13 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Oh, well. They feel pain, I'll thank them for their sacrifice before I dip them in butter.
33 posted on 03/27/2009 10:50:39 AM PDT by svcw
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To: az.b1bbomberfxr

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.


34 posted on 03/27/2009 10:50:40 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: Pessimist

Until animals hold jobs and pay taxes, their only purpose is to be eaten, preferrably with sides of butter and A1 sauce.


35 posted on 03/27/2009 10:51:00 AM PDT by JenB987
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To: Judith Anne

just remember to feed them
36 posted on 03/27/2009 10:51:18 AM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: stockpirate

Well, thats one way to solve the homeless problem.


38 posted on 03/27/2009 10:51:34 AM PDT by svcw
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To: GeronL
is there any other way??

If you've never had them barbecued, you haven't lived.

39 posted on 03/27/2009 10:52:12 AM PDT by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: GeronL

Kiddygarten teacher takes care of them now. :D They DO grow fast, though.


40 posted on 03/27/2009 10:52:51 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: icwhatudo

Looks like a crab cleaning course. Dig in.


41 posted on 03/27/2009 10:52:51 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I will just butter them up a little and it should deflect their pain.


42 posted on 03/27/2009 10:53:22 AM PDT by dforest
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To: svcw

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!


43 posted on 03/27/2009 10:53:37 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
How many crabs die peacefully of old age in the wild?

Boiled alive or chewed alive. That's really about the only two choices the crabs got.

44 posted on 03/27/2009 10:53:37 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: svcw

Do you knwo what solent green is?


45 posted on 03/27/2009 10:54:28 AM PDT by stockpirate (We the People should not look for the GOP to save us, they are part of the problem)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Of all the important things scientists could be researching, they’re researching this.


46 posted on 03/27/2009 10:54:56 AM PDT by JamesP81 (When Obama signed an order providing tax dollars to murder children, he stopped being my president)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

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.


47 posted on 03/27/2009 10:55:47 AM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (The Tree of Liberty is long overdue for its natural manure)
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To: Judith Anne

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.


48 posted on 03/27/2009 10:56:05 AM PDT by az.b1bbomberfxr
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To: stockpirate

Yes, thats why I said what I said.


49 posted on 03/27/2009 10:56:35 AM PDT by svcw
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

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...


50 posted on 03/27/2009 10:57:55 AM PDT by MrB (irreconcilable: One of two or more conflicting ideas or beliefs that cannot be brought into harmony.)
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