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Friday, March 27, 2009

Something to get crabby about

I’d say it’s a damn good reason for a lot of crabs to be very crabby. Ah, but the little crustaceans never will have the chance to get crabby over this issue, because seconds after they find out about it they will be dead.
The issue?
A new study shows that crabs feel pain.
But for all those people who were consoling themselves with the idea that there was no suffering involved in their favorite dish made from a sea creature with an exo-skeleton, there’s no excuse now.
According to a story posted on, “Not only do crabs suffer pain, a new study found, but they retain a memory of it...The scientists say its time for new laws to consider the suffering of all crustaceans.”
That means that boiling pot of water really does smart like heck when a living creature is tossed into it.
This should be food for thought for all the people dreaming of their next crab Rangoon or Cajun casserole.
What hurts me is that I fear it will not.
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Blogger Cool Fusion said...

Very, very sad. Thanks for posting this.

April 01, 2009 8:19 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard that chilling them in the refrigerator before boiling them is more humane than straight into the water

August 13, 2009 10:45 PM 

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