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.
--”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)
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.