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Shut up & walk your lobster (Whole Foods Considers Stopping Lobster Sales)
Austin American Statesman ^ | 6/13/06 | John Kelso

Posted on 06/13/2006 7:18:16 AM PDT by Cat loving Texan

No wonder people think this town is goofy. The Whole Foods Market chain headquartered here in Austin is thinking about stopping the sale of live lobsters because it could be cruel to the lobsters.

"We're reviewing the entire process literally from boat to plate to see if we can make some significant improvement in that whole supply process," Whole Foods spokeswoman Kate Lowery said.

One way Whole Foods could make some significant improvement would be to release all the lobsters into Town Lake. That way I could collect them and eat them.

Still, on Thursday the Whole Foods leadership will discuss whether to discontinue marketing live lobsters because the lobsters may not be getting humane treatment. At issue here is what people do with the lobsters when they take them home — that is, boil them and dip them in drawn butter. "It's ultimately how they're handled by the consumer after they go home that's a concern," Lowery said.

What are we supposed to do? Give them names like Larry the Lobster and take them for a walk?

Then there's the problem of the lobster's in-store living conditions. Whole Foods would like the lobsters to have an environment similar to their natural habitat.

"They like dark areas, and they like solitary," Lowery said. "You can imagine how they would go and kind of burrow into rocks, creating their own space." I think I went drinking once in a place like that in the Warehouse District.

Lowery added that at some point Whole Foods will also address the ticklish issue of selling live clams.

Are you concerned about clams' feelings? Have you ever had a conversation with a clam? Wait. Let me rephrase that. Have you ever had a conversation with a clam when you weren't on acid?

If the answer is yes, get a job at Whole Foods.

Another concern is the way children bother the lobsters by tapping on the lobster tank glass. I don't care about that. But I wish science could figure a way to put children on mute and vibrate, like with a cell phone. Now there's a concept that would sell.

Anyway, I went over to the Whole Foods store to see if the live lobsters are getting a bum deal in the seafood section. Actually, the lobsters are getting off easy. They're still kickin'. It's the tilapia and salmon that are getting screwed. The tilapia have been hacked to pieces, and the wild salmon have been mushed up with spinach and feta cheese and turned into burgers.

Ain't a vet in town could bring these salmon back. And you're telling me the lobsters have a bum deal?

One of the problems, said the guy working at the Whole Foods fish counter, is that they can't feed the lobsters in the tank. "When you eat, you then poop, and this creates a dirty tank," he said. Yeah, I've noticed that connection. Maybe Whole Foods could hand the lobsters some bum wad.

Another problem, the seafood counter guy said, is the way lobsters are transported to the store. "They're put in a box and wrapped tightly with wet newspaper over the lobster," he said.

So Whole Foods could pick up the lobster in a limo. At the prices they charge, they could afford it.

John Kelso's column appears on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Contact him at 445-3606 or jkelso@statesman.com.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: animalrights; animalwhackos; grocery; lobster; seafood; wholefoods
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How stupid is this? An animal with no nerves that dies instantly.
1 posted on 06/13/2006 7:18:19 AM PDT by Cat loving Texan
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To: Cat loving Texan

FGS. The world has gone insane.


2 posted on 06/13/2006 7:18:59 AM PDT by Peach (If you can't stand behind our military, stand in front of them.)
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To: Cat loving Texan

Listen, first they'll mandate some kind of "leathal injection" nonsense so the lobster "just drifts off to sleep", and before long they'll have the vote.


3 posted on 06/13/2006 7:19:37 AM PDT by 50sDad (ST3d: Real Star Trek 3d Chess: http://my.ohio.voyager.net/~abartmes/tactical.htm)
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To: Peach

This world has been insane for a while.


4 posted on 06/13/2006 7:20:06 AM PDT by Hydroshock ( (Proverbs 22:7). The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.)
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To: Cat loving Texan
Actually, the lobsters are getting off easy. They're still kickin'. It's the tilapia and salmon that are getting screwed. The tilapia have been hacked to pieces, and the wild salmon have been mushed up with spinach and feta cheese and turned into burgers.

LOLOL!

5 posted on 06/13/2006 7:20:53 AM PDT by RobFromGa (The GOP will retain the Senate and House in 2006- Let's Do Something With It!)
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To: Cat loving Texan

Must be the same India based crowd, that thinks grandma is a cow.
Ops4


6 posted on 06/13/2006 7:20:58 AM PDT by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!)
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To: 50sDad

Leathally inject them in to a pot of boiling hot watter.


7 posted on 06/13/2006 7:21:03 AM PDT by Hydroshock ( (Proverbs 22:7). The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.)
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To: Cat loving Texan

Still wearing their skeletons on the outside.


8 posted on 06/13/2006 7:21:29 AM PDT by Roccus (Cynical romantic or romantic cynic.....you decide.)
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To: Cat loving Texan

Fresh Live Boiled Lobster.........

With drawn butter...............

abd COLD beer.......

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Chilled Lobser with Tarragon Hollandaise sauce........

Chilled Macon Villages........

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


9 posted on 06/13/2006 7:22:10 AM PDT by roaddog727 (eludium PU36 explosive space modulator)
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To: 50sDad

A lethal injection of drawn butter?


10 posted on 06/13/2006 7:22:39 AM PDT by null and void (Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered -- either by themselves or by others)
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To: Cat loving Texan

I think it was Alton Brown who assuaged his audiences trepridation about boiling them by telling them not to worry about it as they were the cockroaches of the sea!


11 posted on 06/13/2006 7:23:16 AM PDT by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: Cat loving Texan

John Kelso is great! I posted another one of his ramblings earlier this year.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1632212/posts


12 posted on 06/13/2006 7:28:38 AM PDT by nuke rocketeer
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To: CaptRon
In colonial Boston a law was passed to limit how many times a week servants could be fed lobster.
13 posted on 06/13/2006 7:29:27 AM PDT by Roccus (Cynical romantic or romantic cynic.....you decide.)
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To: roaddog727
Caught and ate in Cozumel, yummy.


14 posted on 06/13/2006 7:31:56 AM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: unixfox

Taste anything like the North Atlantic variety?


15 posted on 06/13/2006 7:33:06 AM PDT by Roccus (Cynical romantic or romantic cynic.....you decide.)
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To: nuke rocketeer

Why is it that mainly freaks work at Whole Foods? I quit going there--too many scary people in a confined space--LOL!


16 posted on 06/13/2006 7:35:11 AM PDT by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: Cat loving Texan

Um, Lobsters do have nerves and do feel pain. They just don't react to temperature-based pain the way that you do (aversion response).


17 posted on 06/13/2006 7:35:56 AM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: null and void
"Look out! It's giant atomic lobsters! RUN! They've VENGFUL! Carry giant lemons on spears!"


18 posted on 06/13/2006 7:38:03 AM PDT by 50sDad (ST3d: Real Star Trek 3d Chess: http://my.ohio.voyager.net/~abartmes/tactical.htm)
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To: Cat loving Texan
No problem. I'll get mine at Fairway. They were cheap when I got them a couple of weeks ago. And they were pretty good, too. I only freaked out a little at keeping them fresh for the rest of the day until we were ready for them.

And it was a lot cheaper than mail-order -- the postage is as expensive as the lobsters themselves.

19 posted on 06/13/2006 7:38:38 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Without spoilers, do you think (blabberblabber) killed (mumblemumble) or not?)
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To: 50sDad
"Listen, first they'll mandate some kind of "leathal injection" nonsense so the lobster "just drifts off to sleep", and before long they'll have the vote."

And really shouldn't a person be able to marry a lobster and have all the same benefits as other couples. After all who are we to judge?

20 posted on 06/13/2006 7:39:02 AM PDT by marlon
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To: unixfox

MONSTER SPINEY!

How much did it weigh? 8 Pounder?

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


21 posted on 06/13/2006 7:39:41 AM PDT by roaddog727 (eludium PU36 explosive space modulator)
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To: Cat loving Texan

Ohhh no. what will the rich snots find to go with their caviar!? The horror!!!!


22 posted on 06/13/2006 7:39:59 AM PDT by Tempest (I'm a Christian. Before I am a conservative.)
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To: basil
Who can afford Whole Foods?

I fell for the wild salmon banner the other day. I paid $30+ for a plank. It was good, but not that good compared to other choices costing less than half as much elsewhere.

Yes, you must be freaky to shop there. My Ronald Reagan cap drew scowls and I swear that woman rammed me with her little cart that was carrying a baby who's face was painted black.

Everything in there is priced sky-high and everybody in there acted very stuck up. Even more so than the staff at Williams-Sonoma.

23 posted on 06/13/2006 7:43:22 AM PDT by battlegearboat (Haze grey and underway)
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To: unixfox

There is nothing better than lobster. I do wonder though how and why anyone ever even thought to eat them. I mean look at them. They look like disgusting, mutated cockroaches.


24 posted on 06/13/2006 7:46:25 AM PDT by frankiep (I respect Islamofacists more than the American left - at least they ADMIT that they hate the US.)
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To: Cat loving Texan
An animal?

Classification
Lobsters are classified in the phyllum Arthropoda (which also includes shrimp, crabs, barnacles, and insects.) ...

Nervous System
The lobsters nervous system is very primitive. In fact it is most similar to the nervous system of an insect. Neither insects nor lobsters have brains. ...

(From The Lobster Institute)
25 posted on 06/13/2006 7:46:32 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Cat loving Texan
Well I am surprised that they sell meat to begin with. Whole foods is absolutely dripping with hippy stench. In fact I think "hippy stench" has to be a listed ingredient on their groceries.
26 posted on 06/13/2006 7:47:07 AM PDT by xpertskir
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To: basil
Well,.......just consider the name and the mission! This is how they keep costs down, by hiring those who irreversably damaged their brains with recreational drugs. Pay 'em minimum wage, give them the leftover produce that will be thrown out tomorrow as a bonus, and a discount for the organically grown pot grown out south of town towards San Marcos. Spring bonuses include fresh mushrooms from the cow patties on the dairy farms east of town.

How the heck to I know that?

I'll never tell!

UT grad 1979

27 posted on 06/13/2006 7:48:29 AM PDT by nuke rocketeer
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To: basil
Why is it that mainly freaks work at Whole Foods? I quit going there--too many scary people in a confined space--LOL!

Don't EVER come here, hear?

28 posted on 06/13/2006 7:48:39 AM PDT by null and void (Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered -- either by themselves or by others)
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To: Cat loving Texan

When are they going to stop selling corn and tomatoes?

Tomatoes are alive!

When you cut them, they BLEED!

And corn SCREAMS when you strip off its husk!


29 posted on 06/13/2006 7:51:20 AM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 83-87)
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To: nuke rocketeer

You sound like a mushroom teasipper.


30 posted on 06/13/2006 7:54:18 AM PDT by battlegearboat (Haze grey and underway)
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To: Alouette

Oh please, the peas!, the peas!


31 posted on 06/13/2006 7:55:52 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: battlegearboat

Give peas a chance!


32 posted on 06/13/2006 7:56:37 AM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 83-87)
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To: Cat loving Texan
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Lucky Lobster says "Eat me."
33 posted on 06/13/2006 7:56:46 AM PDT by Old Seadog (Inside every old person is a young person saying "WTF happened?".)
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To: Cat loving Texan
One of the problems, said the guy working at the Whole Foods fish counter, is that they can't feed the lobsters in the tank. "When you eat, you then poop, and this creates a dirty tank," he said.

Which is about how they live in nature, right? Sitting in their own sh*t....

34 posted on 06/13/2006 7:57:13 AM PDT by NRA1995 (Zarqawi died, liberals cried....)
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To: Cat loving Texan

Cruel? Cruel? This is an animal that's going to either be chopped up live and grilled.. or dropped live in a boiling pot of water... or cooked alive in a giant sand pit for a lobster bake... and you are worried about its stress level being shipped and sold in a store???


ITS A GIANT FREAKING COCHROACH!


35 posted on 06/13/2006 8:01:10 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: battlegearboat

Its a store for elitists, pure and simple. Lets dillusional folks think they are better than everyone else.. when in fact they are just dumber.


36 posted on 06/13/2006 8:02:58 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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Neither insects nor lobsters have brains. ...

Huh? Does this mean they're Democrats?

37 posted on 06/13/2006 8:05:23 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: NRA1995

We've yet to hear from Sponge Bob Squarepants on this thread...


38 posted on 06/13/2006 8:09:29 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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---"Neither insects nor lobsters have brains. ...---"


Must be related to Pelosi and Reid.


39 posted on 06/13/2006 8:10:12 AM PDT by Rocket1968 (Durbin must resign - NOW!)
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To: battlegearboat
Guilty!!Chalk it up to youth!
40 posted on 06/13/2006 8:10:20 AM PDT by nuke rocketeer
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To: HamiltonJay

ITS A GIANT FREAKING COCHROACH!

But a tasty one when cooked snd dipped in butter!


41 posted on 06/13/2006 8:12:27 AM PDT by nuke rocketeer
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To: unixfox

Got to get me a vat of melted Butter!!!!


42 posted on 06/13/2006 8:12:43 AM PDT by thebaron512
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To: Cat loving Texan
.....man this story brought back to mind a little situation I had about 15 years ago.....

.....we do a lot of work for super markets, including installation of alot of there refrigerated equipment.....

.....a chain out here got on the seafood market kick back then and had us install lobster tanks in all their seafood markets.....

.....they kept calling us back to one particular store because some of the lobsters kept dying in the tank.....

.....after a long investigation, which included have the manufacturer of the tanks come out we were at our whits end to find the problem.....

.....this tank was working just like all the others, temp and ph levels were recorded and all seemed normal.....

.....but every morning there would be at least 2 or 3 dead lobsters in the tank.....

.....finally, the chains lost prevention crew found the problem.....

.....the night stock crew smoked dope on their break and had lobster races down the stores isle at night! LOL.....

.....i don't think they ever informed PETA.....

43 posted on 06/13/2006 8:13:41 AM PDT by cyberaxe (((.....does this mean I'm kewl now?.....)))
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To: nuke rocketeer

Well, we all had a good laugh!


44 posted on 06/13/2006 8:14:02 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: cyberaxe
The night crew toked

lobsters choked

45 posted on 06/13/2006 8:15:51 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: cyberaxe

Give me your poor lobsters, your tired lobsters, seeking to be free....


give him to me and I'll show you abuse!


46 posted on 06/13/2006 8:17:01 AM PDT by Shimmer128 (I've seen the village, I don't want it raising my children)
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To: Cat loving Texan
This reminds me:

1. When you put two lobsters together without the restraining rubber bands on their claws, within minutes you have the larger (or maybe quicker) lobster having a lobster feast. That's why they're solitary animals!

2. Adolf Hitler was also concerned about this problem, and so he passed a law in Germany in the 1930s which required cooks to put a metal grill at the bottom of the pot of boiling water. Then the lobsters would not feel the pain of contacting the heat at the bottom of the pan. (he did not understand thermodynamics)

3. Lobsters are not kosher, that is, not acceptable as part of an observant Jewish diet.
47 posted on 06/13/2006 8:22:50 AM PDT by RonHolzwarth ("History repeats itself - first as tragedy, then as farce" - Karl Marx)
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To: battlegearboat
.....one of the chains loss prevention crew told me that when he interviewed one of the stock crew, he actually said.....

....."Dude, they were fine when we put-em back in the tank".....

....."just swimming around like all the other little happy gus".....

....."we didn't shotgun them or anything".....

.....idiots.....

.....if your gonna smoke-up some lobsters.....

.....at least offer them some melted butter as a last request.....

48 posted on 06/13/2006 8:34:22 AM PDT by cyberaxe (((.....does this mean I'm kewl now?.....)))
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To: battlegearboat
Who can afford Whole Foods?

I like to grind my own spices, and Whole Foods has a selection of whole spices that are hard to find anywhere else, and when bought by the oz. is very inexpensive.

49 posted on 06/13/2006 8:38:59 AM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 83-87)
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To: battlegearboat
and laughed and laughed and laughed........

At nothing!

50 posted on 06/13/2006 8:39:46 AM PDT by nuke rocketeer
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