Humans Should not Boil Lobsters Alive
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You must argue it is better to boil lobsters alive, not necessarily that it is moral to boil them alive.
Also, no religious arguments.
Example---The Flying spaghetti Monster said it was okay to boil lobsters alive.
Do Lobsters Feel Pain
The answer to this question is far from resolved,“Business Insider” states “There is no conclusive evidence about whether lobsters can feel pain.” This may seem problematic for my case but it actually is the most significant moral reason why we should abstain from boiling lobsters alive as seen below.
The Precautionary Principle
This effectively states that when tackling a problem with highly disputed or controversial evidence, we should err on the side of caution, as my source states. Mind you, this is being stated by Anil Seth, he has a PhD from the “University of Sussex” and he works in neuroscience and consciousness, he is a well informed, reliable source. Many countries have outlawed boiling lobsters alive like New Zealand and Switzerland, this is an example of siding with caution rather than assuming lobsters don’t feel pain and potentially torturing thousands of lobsters.
Anil Stated--”With lobsters, we just don't know if they can feel pain. There's a thing in ethics that we call the Precautionary Principle, when not knowing we should err on the side of caution. If there is the potential for something to have the ability to suffer, we should treat that possibility very seriously. So boiling lobsters, not a very good idea.”
Bacteria (Presumptive Argument)
I’d presume you would attack my moral argument by pointing to the dangers of bacteria that can jump onto lobsters after they’ve died, and there is some truth to this, after a lobster dies bacteria that cause cramping and other illnesses arive. But, this contention is faulty, it takes several hours for dangerous bacteria to arrive. So if somebody orders lobster you take it out of the tank, stab it along the midline on the underside(free), chill it in cold water before killing/stabbing and then boil the dead lobster(free), or purchase fish anesthetics that can cost $10-$37, it's fair to presume restaurants will purchase the cheapest product available. If the restaurant is doing well it can make a one time purchase of 2,900 euros for an electric stunning machine. The only way a cooked lobster could be dangerous is if it died in the tank and was cooked, a chef won’t stab a lobster and leave it there for several hours, he will immediately place it in the pot obviously.
But it Tastes Better (Presumptive Argument)
Taste(which is subjective) doesn’t justify the inhumane killing of lobsters. In China, torturing dogs is a way they attempt to make dogs taste better, these dogs are beaten which is comparable to being boiled alive, but you can’t justify torturing these animals for the sake of taste.
So taste doesn't justify the inhumane killing of dogs, just like how taste doesn't justify the inhuman killing of lobsters.
My case is not that this should be passed into law, but that humans ought not to boil lobsters alive.
whether people boil lobsters alive is inhumane is not the point it may well be, we must avoid the government again sticking its nose in, whether you decide to boil them alive or not they are just animals animals suffer grow up face the real world, the government should avoid entangling itself in sentimentality
I'd implore my opponent to read my "To Clarify" statement, it states how I don't want this to be placed into law, the resolution also doesn't state how I want this passed into law, his point is irrelevant as I do not have argue that it should be passed into law. If my opponent disagrees with anything I've stated in R2 he is free to object, although I'd implore him not to.
i did and this i state you imply strongly between the lines that the law should get involved this implication is not explicit but is implied therefore i insist on addressing it, if there is no legal imperative then this is strictly a matter for the individuals conscience and if that is the case there is no further need for anyone to discuss this. Unless you plan on forcing people to avoid the boil, aint nobodies bizness if we do
A lot of people don't think much about boiling lobsters alive, I'm saying that they should treat that lobster like a feeling being, but I will not arrest people who do boil them alive. Also, I didn't imply it should be passed into law in the resolution or the description, and in the argument I say the polar opposite.
I guess we will see what the voters think.
if you wont do anything about it then fine we have nothing to discuss do we, you go your way and i go mine
On the legality angle, it would make a lot of sense to debate the topic on moral reasons a couple times, and then maybe debate on legal grounds with the well defended morals as the assumed basis.
Ok. I knew you weren't going to argue for legality. I just wasn't sure if your stance meant you wouldn't legislate it irl.
It is cruel to assume a lobster can't feel pain, and then boiling it alive when the science is far from being able to determine if they can or can't feel pain, pigs in slaughter houses are killed quickly and humanely, lobsters should be as well. Also, it wouldn't even be an inconvenience to restaurants seeing that you could just use cold water or a knife as a substitute which is free.
I don't think it should be legal.
I do think it's animal cruelty, I'm just not interested in that argument so I opted to exclude it from the debate via the resolution.
BTW I disagree with the Swiss and New Zealand restrictions that force the use of an electric stunning machines(2900 euros) when there are moral free/cheap ways to kill lobsters like stabbing in certain area's, or purchasing cheap fish anesthetics.
I guess a better question would be: Why shouldn't this be considered animal cruelty in your eyes?
Because I'm not interested in going down that road, arguing if it should be legal or not is very stale to me.
If you think we are making animals suffer, why wouldn't you want it to go into law?
This isn't about socialism
what does socialsim have to do with boiling a lobster alive?
Socialism in its pure form is anti economics itself. It doesn't support the concept of anyone having more than anyone else for any reason other than their need for it.
Capitalism in its pure form is about taking away as much as you can from those who either want and/or need something and selling it back to them for as great a drawback of other things they want and/or need as your competition won't sell lower/less/cheaper than in such a convenient manner.
Both backfire and deny a major element of human nature and society. Socialism ignores that we have selfish motives and want independence to get what we want, not just need, based on how hard and smart we work and handle our wealth. Capitalism ignores that society will break apart and be totally enslaved to a monopoly that owns all industries, politics and is a permanent dictatorship because as each industry has the dominator eat away at others, eventually all the leaders will form a cross-industry cartel and that will be the 'Illuminati Elite' that rule over all. The end result of Socialism is an Elite brutally making things unpleasant and unfair on everyone. The end result on Capitalism is exactly the same.
But isn't capitalism a right-wing economic structure while socialism is left-wing?
you can find any excuse you want. The entire Africa is either extreme left wing but still really capitalist (zimbabwe and such) or extreme right-wing. SA is maybe an 'exception' but it's still very, very right-wing.
Based on government size, property rights, regulatory efficiency, open markets, etc India is ranked rather poorly.
They support capitalism in a very unadultered form, are ruled by the rich, for the rich and do not inhibit competition beyond what is necessary to appease the masses from revolting too much. They are minimalist in size and beaureacracy, aim to leave the market as free as possible and only truly care about power and profit, in terms of policy.
How are those countries right-wing?
I see. So you are for the right-wing approach yes? That of India, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia and such. Is this correct or incorrect? Do they not embody right-wing ethos?
Nope, before and after. Hence being against communist and socialist genocides.
Care so much for the life until it's out of the womb, eh? Then it can rot in a slum amirite?
And atheistic ideologies such as communism/socialism are responsible for the deaths of over 100 million people. Left-wing people are less often religious and they are fine with millions of unborn babies being aborted. Christians are against both of those. :)
It's like Halal Meat where they refuse to kill the brain of the animal with a stun gun before.
Anyone who refuses to stab the brain of the animal before doing the killing procedure is a sadist who deserves great pain brought upon them,
Whether you use electric collars for your dog's barks or declaw your cat, which leaves it feeling and experiencing what life would be like without your fingers, breasts/cock and eyelashes etc (their entire feeling of sexiness and self esteem comes from how well-kept their claws and fur are, more so their claws)... You deserve great pain brought upon you.
Any religion that says animals have no souls is a vile religion. Notice that Christianity and Islam are both responsible for such great atrocities in treating both humans and animals? They both say animals have no souls.
Idk lol. That is why I was asking. I am not prepared for a culinary debate.
Is there a difference in taste between living boil and getting stabbed through the head just before being dropped? Assuming that kills them.
Seal whacking is where it is at, bro.
I think I could argue that a lobster’s death is less cruel than most chickens or pigs or even crabs. Man, I have whacked a lot of lobsters in my life.
Correct, my main point is it is immoral to boil lobsters alive.
I'm guessing your argument is a moral one and not about how tasty it is if you prepare it differently, right? lol
I've never really thought too much about this argument to be honest. I would have to do a decent amount of research before beginning.
This is actually a topic I care a lot about, I haven't heard a convincing argument on the opposing side so I'm gonna stick my neck out on this site.
This is a really interesting topic! I shall think about joining.