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PoliCon
03-28-2009, 10:41 AM
Boiling Mad: Crabs Feel Pain

Robert Roy Britt
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LiveScience.com robert Roy Britt
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livescience.com Fri Mar 27, 10:48 am ET

A favored method of preparing fresh crabs is to simply boil them alive. A longstanding related question: Do they feel pain?

Yes, researchers now say. Not only do crabs suffer pain, a new study found, but they retain a memory of it (assuming they aren't already dead on your dinner plate). The scientists say its time for new laws to consider the suffering of all crustaceans.

The study involved using wires to deliver shocks to the bellies of hermit crabs, which, being hermits, often take up residence in left-behind mollusc shells. The crabs that were shocked scampered out of their shells, "indicating that the experience is unpleasant for them," the scientists concluded; unshocked crabs stayed put.

Another test was run to see what would happen if a mild shock was delivered, one just below the threshold that would cause the crabs to leave home. These mildly shocked crabs, along with crabs that had not been shocked, were then offered a new home. The typical reaction: They'd go inspect the new shell. Significantly, those that had been shocked were more likely to pack up and move to the new residence compared to those that hadn't been shocked.

"There has been a long debate about whether crustaceans including crabs, prawns and lobsters feel pain," said study researcher Bob Elwood of Queen's University Belfast in the UK.

CONTINUED (http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20090327/sc_livescience/boilingmadcrabsfeelpain?ic)It's time to consider killing off scientists who want us to consider laws for the pain of CRABS before these scientists get a chance to breed!! :rolleyes:

FlaGator
03-28-2009, 11:05 AM
It's time to consider killing off scientists who want us to consider laws for the pain of CRABS before these scientists get a chance to breed!! :rolleyes:

Perhaps some experiments should be run to see if marine biologists experience pain and have a memory of it.

SarasotaRepub
03-28-2009, 11:07 AM
It's time to consider killing off scientists who want us to consider laws for the pain of CRABS before these scientists get a chance to breed!! :rolleyes:


Your wish is...

http://exclamationmark.files.wordpress.com/2006/08/attack-of-the-crab-monsters.jpg

:D

One of my all time favorite Grade B SciFi's

megimoo
03-28-2009, 12:09 PM
It's time to consider killing off scientists who want us to consider laws for the pain of CRABS before these scientists get a chance to breed!! :rolleyes:I can hear the screams in my head whenever they go into the pot of boiling water .Lobsters,Crabs,MudBugs,Mussles,Clam all shrieking in agony .Their little tapping claws,the lobsters and Crabs anyway, trying to pop the lid of the pot.The poor Clams and Mussles snapping their little shell open and closed.How could anyone be so cruel as to ignore there poor little critters .Could it be that they taste soooooo good ?Steamed Mussles in white wine, sharlots and dill,crusty bread a chilled crisp bottle of Pinot Grigio all is bliss .

The Walrus and the Carpenter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-F_-Mq_UdQ&feature=related

linda22003
03-28-2009, 12:23 PM
It's time to consider killing off scientists who want us to consider laws for the pain of CRABS

And serve them with drawn butter.

FlaGator
03-28-2009, 01:21 PM
It seems like every day the world gets a little stupidier...