Saturday, March 28, 2009

"Crabs Feel Pain"


This is from the "No f****** kidding" files. Crabs feel pain, as an article in the Eugene Register Guard reported today: THAT CRAB ON YOUR PLATE FELT PAIN, In an experiment done in Ireland, where scientists threaded copper wires into crab shells -- after drilling holes in them -- they applied electrical shocks to the crabs to see if they feel pain. They do. (The scientists conducting the experiments insist the crabs weren't severely hurt, and they were returned to the sea.) The scientists believe crabs should be protected as are other vertebrates:
The lesson, Elwood argued: Crabs ought to be treated a bit more humanely. Some countries have laws protecting vertebrates in farming and research — but no one protects crabs.
“We suggest that this stance should be re-evaluated,” the authors wrote.

In typical human arrogance, here are some quotes from Oregon hunter/fisherman types about the study:
“I don’t even want to hear about it,” said Al Pazar, chairman of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, and the owner of a restaurant in Newport that serves fresh crab, along with the Krab Kettle eatery in Florence.

Why doesn't he want to hear about it? If you choose to eat something, take some responsibly. But, as I've argued before,Conspiracies and Cannibalism: Animals and Advertising our attitudes towards what we eat reflects out motivations, our guilt, and our responsibility, or lack of, to the things we eat.

The chairman "cools off" and shares his wife's "who, me?" philosophy:
“My wife used to thump fish in the head when we were deckhands. Now she doesn’t want to do it any more. She doesn’t mind eating a nice halibut on her plate, but doesn’t want to have to look into his eyes when he’s dying.”

The fact that crabs are dispensed with in fast manner justifies crab eating:
Ryan Rogers, the owner of Fisherman’s Market in Eugene, said customers are known to “express sympathy” when they see crabs. Rogers’ response: “We’re putting them in boiling hot water. They die very quickly.”

Since they "die very quickly" it's all okay. So is the fact that the crabs are evil, apparently:
As to whether crabs should get a more sensitive death sentence, Rogers and Pazar agree that’s not an option.
“That’s going too far,” Rogers said. “It’s a crustacean, and it’s highly cannibalistic. It’s a very cruel world they live in.”

Pazar isn't satisfied with this, he used PETA to further support his crab world view:
As to whether crabs should get a more sensitive death sentence, Rogers and Pazar agree that’s not an option.
“That’s going too far,” Rogers said. “It’s a crustacean, and it’s highly cannibalistic. It’s a very cruel world they live in.”


Well, I have to say that PETA is so damn silly -- this isn't the only ridiculous thing they've come upt with -- that they can only be a disinformation front, but that's an entirely different article.

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