February 15, 2005


Charles Collins, Lobster on a Delft Dish, 1738
(Courtesy of the Tate Gallery)

Here's an article from CNN about a new Norwegian study that claims lobsters most likely do not feel pain when boiled. The study backs up long-standing opinion that lobsters simply do not have the cranial capacity to feel pain the way more highly-evolved animals do.

Needless to say, this has got PETA's undies in a wad. Said an unidentified spokesperson, "Hey, lobsters are people too!" (As I recollect, a few years ago PETA or something akin to it was trying mighty hard to get the red lobster removed from Maine license plates on the grounds that the symbol was a promotion of animal cruelty.)

You know what? I don't give a damn. I luuuuuv lobster. And I'm going to keep eating them. So there. Now, where'd that lemon-butter go?

UPDATE: I haven't found a copy of the Norwegian study referenced in the article, but here is a history of the Maine license plate saga - complete with pictures!. Apparently, the state did ban the plates for a while but has since relented.

UPDATE DEUX: I should have mentioned that I fully respect other people's decision not to eat lobster themselves. That just means more for me. *Smack*

Posted by Robert at February 15, 2005 09:49 AM

I've really tried to like lobster, but nope, no joy. You can have my sea-cockroach, and I'll just order the bigger steak.

Posted by: Ted at February 15, 2005 10:20 AM

[Big Texan Voice]
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Besides, eating Crab burns more calories...

Posted by: Jon at February 15, 2005 10:33 AM

I prefer Dungeness crab to lobster, but I am regionally biased.

Posted by: Brian B at February 15, 2005 12:46 PM

Never tried Dungeness...For the most part, crab is a little too sweet for me, at least the ones out East.

Posted by: Robert the LB at February 15, 2005 02:01 PM

My parents retired to a fairy tale town called Castine, Maine. The guy a few houses down was a lobsterman. My mom would call up in the evening and order for the following day. The lobsterman set his traps in the river below the house, in view of my parent's deck. We would watch him haul the traps and soon after the doorbell would ring! Man, oh man, deeelishhhhhh.
If you ever find yourself in Castine, go to Dennetts warf, watch the sun set and the boats come in and pig out on lobster!

Posted by: babs at February 15, 2005 03:06 PM

I know exactly what you mean, as I head up to Maine most summers. It's the same deal - watch the boats, saunter down to the dock, help yourself, indulge. Yum.

Posted by: Robert the LB at February 15, 2005 03:23 PM

Dungeness is sweeter than lobster but not as sweet as other crabs, and has almost as much meat. To my mind, it combines the best of both bugs.

Posted by: Brian B at February 15, 2005 07:43 PM
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