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Should cooks be banned from boiling lobsters?

Switzerland has banned cooks from putting live lobsters in boiling water, which is how they are traditionally killed and prepared. Proponents have always said crustaceans lack a central nervous system and thus don't feel pain. But animal rights groups point to a 2013 study that showed crabs attempted to avoid electric shocks, which would indicate they do feel pain. Skeptics insist lobsters are basically the cockroaches of the sea. Should lobster boiling be banned?

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Joseph Ayers, a professor of marine and environmental services at Northeastern University, scoffed at the ban:

 “I think the idea of producing such a law is just a bunch of people anthropomorphizing lobsters. I find it really quite remarkable that people attribute to these animals humanlike responses when they simply don’t have the hardware for it.”
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If they're just insects, who cares?

According to the most modern data it really is accurate to think of lobsters as ocean-bound beetles.
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Would you worry about the feelings of an alien facehugger? Because this thing is way more terrifying.

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But anyone who's boiled lobster knows they struggle to escape the pot. It's pretty awful. David Foster Wallace did a deep dive on this topic in his brilliant 2004 essay "Consider the Lobster."

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Some say you can still eat your lobster: just come up with a more humane way to kill them.

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And plenty of animal-rights activists say it's pretty convenient for humans to say crustaceans and fish feel no pain, so we feel less guilt about our cooking practices and eating habits.

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