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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Poached, grilled, or baked with brie. Served on a roll, or in mac 'n cheese. Lobsters may be one of the most popular crustaceans in the culinary arts. But when it comes to killing them, there's a long and unresolved debate about how to do it humanely, and whether that extra consideration is even necessary. The Swiss Federal Council issued an order this week banning cooks in Switzerland from placing live lobsters into pots of boiling water -- joining a few other jurisdictions that have protections for the decapod crustaceans. Switzerland's new measure stipulates that beginning March 1, lobsters must be knocked out -- either by electric shock or "mechanical destruction" of the brain -- before boiling them, according to Swiss public broadcaster RTS. The announcement reignited a long-running debate: Can lobsters even feel pain?

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"They can sense their environment," said Bob Bayer, executive director of the University of Maine's Lobster Institute, "but they probably don't have the ability to process pain."

Boiling lobsters alive is already illegal in some places, including New Zealand and Reggio Emilia, a city in northern Italy, according to the animal rights group Viva. ...

Bayer, a scientist at the Lobster Institute, said these questions have been debated for decades -- and the answers lie somewhere in science.

Although the most common opinion held by researchers is that lobsters (and their hard-shell relatives) cannot process pain, there is in fact a subgroup of scientists who vehemently disagree.

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I'm afraid to ask what they would say about boiling crawfish.

#1 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2018-01-13 03:27 PM | Reply

I'm afraid to ask what they would say about boiling crawfish.

Nein! Non! No! Na!

#2 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-13 04:02 PM | Reply

Nein! Non! No! Na!

#2 | POSTED BY MADSCIENTIST AT 2018-01-13 04:02 PM | FLAG: Better not say that to the Cajuns here inLA :)

#3 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-01-13 06:44 PM | Reply

Of course they feel pain, it's a stimulus to save yourself. Trees don't feel pain because they can't run. If you can run you're subject to pain, a great motivator.

#4 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-01-13 07:29 PM | Reply

In the other LA, cajun is pronounces "Ka-HOON"

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-13 07:42 PM | Reply

"Cajun" came from Tejanos trying to pronounce, "Acadian".

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#6 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-13 07:56 PM | Reply

Boiling animals alive is barbaric.

#7 | Posted by squinch at 2018-01-14 05:40 AM | Reply

Of course they feel pain, it's a stimulus to save yourself. Trees don't feel pain because they can't run. If you can run you're subject to pain, a great motivator.

#4 | Posted by bruceaz

Now there is a 'fake news' fact.

#8 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-14 10:26 AM | Reply

"Now there is a 'fake news' fact." - #8 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-14 10:26 AM

So says the person who believes that someone with an IQ of 45 is smart.

And the person who believes that Barack Obama invented the term 'taking a gun to a knife fight'.

#9 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-14 10:34 AM | Reply

#8
Thanks professor.

#10 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-01-14 10:35 AM | Reply

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D.H. Lawrence

#11 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-01-14 11:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains
The hottest blood of all, and the wildest, the most urgent.

--D.H. Lawrence, Whales Weep Not

#12 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-14 12:43 PM | Reply

#3. MSGT, Here's a hint on how the Swiss would say "no" to boiling crawdads: German, French, Italian, Romansh ☺

#13 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-14 12:46 PM | Reply

So says the person who believes that someone with an IQ of 45 is smart.

#9 | Posted by Hans

I never said you or dok were smart.

#14 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-15 10:59 AM | Reply

And hands, I know o'bummer isn't smart enough to have invented anything.

#15 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-15 11:01 AM | Reply

"I never said you or dok were smart." - #14 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-15 10:59 AM

"The President IQ45 DOJ?" - #13 | Posted by Hans

"And I thought you said Trump was dumb." - #20 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-11 12:32 PM

Yep.

So you believe that someone with an IQ of 45 is smart.

Oops.

#16 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-15 11:13 AM | Reply

"I know o'bummer isn't smart enough to have invented anything." - #15 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-15 11:01 AM

"You seem to forger that o'bummer came up with the idea..." - #17 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-11 12:25 PM
Oops, again.

Smart people know when they should keep their mouth shut.

You're clearly not smart.

#17 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-15 11:13 AM | Reply

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