Would you boil a cat or dog alive? No.
So why do you think it is ok to do so to a lobster?
Over 20million are killed this way every year. How is it still legal?
They feel pain. They feel fear. They suffer.
Support a ban on the live boiling of lobsters and
boycott any restaurant you see with a lobster tank!
Lobsters are invertebrates, members of the ‘Class Crustacea’ of the Phylum Arthropoda. Like dolphins, lobsters use complicated signals to establish social relationships. They sometimes walk hand-in-hand, the old leading the young.
They have compound eyes, consisting of hundreds of lenses joined together on the ends of pair of jointed organs called stalks. The four small antennae on the front of their heads are used to "smell" their food or chemicals in the water. The tiny sensory hairs along their legs are used to "taste" their food. Lobsters keep their antennae and eye stalks moving constantly to search for food and to watch for enemies.
They take long-distance seasonal journeys and can cover 100 miles or more each year. Just like humans, they also carry their young for nine months, and can live to be more than 100 years old.
When kept in tanks, they suffer from stress associated with confinement, low levels of oxygen, and crowding. They are very sensitive to the quality of water and can die if there is too much waste in it. To prevent the lobsters' excrement from contaminating the tank water with ammonia, merchants usually won’t feed the lobsters while they are waiting to be bought. As a result of this, lobsters often starve or try to eat each other.
Contrary to claims made by those in the industry, scientists have determined that lobsters, like all animals, can feel pain. Lobsters do not have an automatic nervous system that puts them into a state of shock when they’re harmed. Therefore, lobsters feel excruciating pain when they are being boiled or cut open. When a lobster is dropped into a pot of scalding water, they whip their bodies wildly and scrape the sides of the pot in a desperate attempt to escape. It is an extremely traumatic and barbaric procedure, and they feel the pain until their nervous system is destroyed. Death can take up to 7 minutes.
Lobsters may also be killed or rendered insensate immediately before boiling by a stab into the brain (‘pithing’), in the belief that this will stop suffering. However, a lobster's brain operates from not one but several ganglia and disabling only the frontal ganglion does not usually result in death or unconsciousness.
Who could possibly do this to a living, breathing, sentient creature? This sadistic, unnecessary abuse must stop. Lobsters are sensitive, intelligent beings that deserve respect and should not endure this horrific abuse in order to satisfy ones’ taste buds for a mere few moments.
Don’t support torture, boycott this horrific industry.