As a child, I recall seeing relatives carefully pick up lobsters, claws bound with rubber bands, from a styrofoam bin and place them in a pot of boiling water. As the lid was placed atop, I was assured that “they don’t really feel anything.”
I never felt too sure about that.
Earlier on Tuesday, a German couple felt just as concerned for the fate of lobsters and other crustaceans they saw in the window of a fancy seaside restaurant, Mama Latina, on the Emerald Coast on the Italian island of Sardinia.
The local L’Unione Sarda newspaper quoted chef Giuseppe Demuro: “When the woman came into the restaurant, she saw the lobsters straight away. She came and asked if they were still alive and if she could buy them.”
According to Agence France-Press (via Raw Story), another customer told the Germans that the lobsters might not survive being returned to the sea and might simply be caught again. But the couple insisted and, after negotiating a price of 500 euros ($629), Mama Latina staff put the lobsters in a box and handed them over.
“I’ve been here 10 years and I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Roberto Paci, Mama Latina’s owner.
Commenters on the L’Unione Sarda‘s article have been mocking the German couple, suggesting that they could have helped “children in need” instead and that it was “Money wasted, but animal rights!”
One can only respond, these commenters would most likely not appreciate being immersed in boiling water while bound with rubber bands.
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