Why You Should Care About Lobsters

It has always seemed cruel to me seeing live lobsters and crabs in crowded tanks in restaurants or supermarkets with their claws clamped shut. As a kid, it felt wrong seeing a captive live animal getting plucked from an aquarium knowing that it would be thrown into boiling water moments after someone selected it out of its “display case” to eat. I never did develop a taste for lobster although some of my closest friends considered it a treat to order at their favorite upscale restaurants.

Since then, I learned more about lobsters. They have great memories and recognize each other. Like us, they carry their young for nine months and can live to 100 years old. Like us, lobsters go on vacation, traveling more than 100 miles annually.

Lobsters have elaborate courtships initiated by the females, who can store live sperm for up to two years before fertilizing their eggs.

Lobsters shed their shells in order to grow. They chew their food in their stomach and taste with their legs. Lobsters can be right-handed, left-handed or ambidextrous.

Unlike us, lobsters cannot go into shock, which means they can FEEL everything, including when being dismembered alive.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

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