German Couple Orders Lobsters, Sets Them Free

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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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

Valentina R.
Valentina R2 years ago

God bless this German couple. Shame to that Italian restaurant for practicing this abhorrent cruelty.

Pat A.
P A4 years ago

God bless that lovely German couple - and people who are kind to animals are usually kind to humans too - it is silly to assume that they aren't - as the local press seem to have assumed.

Nickihermes Celine
Past Member 4 years ago

wonderful,thank you for sharing 15/7

Phillip Ferrell
Phillip Ferrell5 years ago

People are not supposed to eat things like that anyway. In fact, there's only a small number of creatures that are sanctified for human consumption and we're not supposed to eat them if we don't have to.


That couple were angels, good what they did, wonderful. Kids in need can be help in many ways by many people, animals don't. Only people with golden hearts would do that for animals, God Bless that couple!!!!!!!!!!!

Jane R.
Jane R5 years ago

What a wonderful thing for them to do!! I hope the lobsters were able to survive and do not get caught again.

Sheila M.
Sheila M5 years ago

Those that mocked the couple do NOT count - they are souless and hypocites. I have often found that those that those that say you should help people first NEVER help anyone. Bravo to the couple.

Sheri P.
Sheri P5 years ago

at least someone cared about those lobsters...i believe they can feel pain and being put into boiling water would be very painful!

Carrie Anne Brown

glad they cared thanks for sharing :)