Rescued ‘Calico Lobster’ Reminds Me That Eating Lobster Is Barbaric

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lobsterWell it's good to be a calico lobster. Last week a very stylish lobster was rescued from the clutches of hungry diners when restaurant owners noticed it scrabbling around the bottom of its tank. Jasper White, the owner of Cambridge, Massachussetts restaurant Summer Shack spotted the unusually-colored lobster from across the dining room one night. It had golden speckles! Now the so-called "calico lobster" is expected to live out the rest of its days in an aquarium, far away from melted butter and lemon slices.

Well good for that lobster. But what about the rest of these creatures? Can you think of any other animal we see alive right before we sit down and eat it? Is there something, oh I don't know, barbaric about eating lobster?

I'm all for understanding where your food comes from -- especially if you eat meat. And I can cook whole animals: Chickens, turkeys, ducks, rabbits, no problem! I know they were once alive, and I'm totally all right with that. When's dinner?

But lobsters take that to a whole new level. I know the point is to serve indisputaby fresh lobster -- and to prove that freshness to us diners. But we all know how lobsters are killed: Plunked right into a pot of boiling water. Can you hear the screaming?

Actually, you're supposed to stab them in the back of the head -- or something like that. I found that out after the last time I tried to boil lobster. Which I have done. But that's still better than displaying your still-alive dinner in a showy tank like you're at some decadent Roman bacchanal. Behold! The animal upon whose flesh you shall shortly dine! ENJOY. I don't know. Do I have to meet my dinner before I eat it?

How do you feel about seeing your lobster alive before eating it?

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Pinst... Pinstripes4

Lobsters don't scream when they're boiling. It's just water escaping the shell as it becomes water vapor. I don't really see the big deal in seeing the animal before you eat it. It's a good thing to know where your food comes from.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

It wouldn't bother me any more than not seeing it. Eating any kind of animal is barbaric, you are taking a life just so you can enjoy a particular taste sensation.

MsRkg MsRkg

Doesn't bother me at all. I like knowing that my lobster is fresh and hasn't been sitting in a freezer somewhere for who knows how long.

Stacey. Stacey.

people eat to live, not to taste things. unfortunately, the world is one big food chain. i would hardly say eating lobster is barbaric. i think it's nasty though, considering they're bottom feeders.

work4... work4mickey

So what if I'm a barbarian?

Mmmmmmmm, lobster.

nonmember avatar Lord K

Haha RhondaVeggie, you are so funny. Fresh fruits and vegetables still have numerous living cells in them, so you're committing mass murder too when you bite into that lettuce.
Now, time for me to eat a thick juicy steak!

Anna Potts

the last comment you rock


vulca... vulcanarcher

Lord K, you totally stole my comment!  The way this earth works is that unless you're a plant, you have to kill something, be it plant, animal, or otherwise, in order to eat it.  There is something called the cycle of life.  Besides, think about the number of animals that are killed when grain crops are harvested to feed all of you vegetarians who care so much about animal life.  At least when an animal is harvested for food, the meat doesn't go to waste.

"Barbaric" is a relative and subjective term.  And uh, for those people who love to fish, they see fish alive right before they eat it.  Gardeners who grow food see their plants alive, right before they wash it and prepare to eat it.   And the reason why restaurants like Chinese restaurants show seafood in the tank and have customers choose the specimen is proof of freshness.  Because you know, nutritionally fresh food is better than food that's been long dead.

Melis... Melissa042807

If eating lobster makes me a barbarian, give me a horned helmet, a spear, and a shield. Oh, and butter. ;-)

GlowW... GlowWorm889

Is it barbaric? I don't think so. Everything has to be killed before you eat it. If not at your home, then at a factory. And so long as it's done humanely, I don't see a problem with it. Even plants are killed before eating, but nobody ever thinks cutting off parts of a plant or ripping it out of the ground is "barbaric." I live in an area that has a lot of hunting and fishing. My grandparents used to get fish from friends that was so fresh it was swimming a few hours before. Same with venison. And at least it hasn't been sitting around in a factory or warehouse for very long. It's the way of nature. Don't think that bear is going to be as nice as to slaughter you "humanely." You'll be lucky if he waits until you're dead.

And by the way, when you plunk a lobster into boiling water, they aren't screaming. That's steam escaping from under their shell. Whether or not they feel pain has been the subject for many scientific debates, but the common theory is that since they have really simple nervous systems, it's unlikely.

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