Swiss Will Not Put Live Lobsters Into the Boiling Water Any Longer – IOTW Report

Swiss Will Not Put Live Lobsters Into the Boiling Water Any Longer

I don’t now how they’ll enforce this.

Newser-– Lobsters may not actually scream when they’re placed live into pots of boiling water (they don’t have vocal cords), but the jury’s still out on whether they feel pain. Switzerland isn’t taking chances, issuing a government decree that “the practice of plunging live lobsters into boiling water, which is common in restaurants, is no longer permitted,” the AFP reports. The crustaceans will have to be “stunned” first, either via electric shock or the “mechanical destruction” of the lobster’s brain, per Radio Television Suisse. Transporters of live lobsters will also be required to carry them around “in their natural environment,” not on ice or in super-cold water. Reuters notes the new rules, adopted Wednesday, will take effect in March.

Animal rights activists have long argued that lobsters, crabs, and other shellfish are able to feel pain, and there’s been some evidence to back that claim up. In a 2013 study


20 Comments on Swiss Will Not Put Live Lobsters Into the Boiling Water Any Longer

  1. I’m glad animal rights groups care about pain lobsters feel. These are the same liberals who think a human fetus doesn’t feel pain when it is killed.

  2. Saganos Guam, teppan yaki grill. The 7 year old freaked when the lobster fresh on the grill got his alcohol bath and lit up.

    Worth every penny and no screams from the lobstah, just from the kid. 😂🤣

  3. Lobsters, crayfish, crabs, prawns, shrimp, barnacles, and pill bugs are all crustaceans, yet lobsters cannot be boiled.

    Some Crustaceans are more equal than others.
    Animal rights activists are Racists.

  4. Godwin’s Law alert….

    Hitler was big on protecting animals. The Nazis had a law for restaurants that served lobster. They had to keep their boiling water at a specified temperature or higher before the lobster was inserted. Hitler and his pals had decided that it was more humane to drop the critters into boiling water where they’d die quickly instead of being cooked slowly at lower temps.

  5. So how do they know that lobsters feel pain? Did they ask it and did the lobster respond in an intelligible fashion? And do they apologize when they do stun it, “Sorry Mr./Ms. lobster but we have to stun you first before we can boil you because it’s the law.” First they came for the lobsters, what’s next and do we owe an apology to what we eat. like everything else good intentions surely pave the road to hell and oblivion and death. And personally I don’t think the lobster really cares, it’s not like it’s human.

  6. Recipe for Lobster Scrambled Eggs

    Put a large cast iron fry pan on high heat.
    When it smokes, throw in a dozen eggs in the shell and two lobsters.
    Cover with a heavy cover.
    Hold down if necessary.
    Serve with bacon.

  7. That’s OK. Just steam those critters for about 13 minutes, and you are good to go! If you’re ever in CT, go to Edd’s Place in Westbrook for the best lobster roll imaginable. Steamed lobster, a little bit of butter and a toasted Hot Dog roll. Can’t wait till they open in Spring.

  8. You do know what “mechanical destruction of the lobster’s brain” looks like in the kitchen, right?

    People squeamish about boiling water really aren’t likely to be less so about this.

  9. Forget it Jake. It’s Switzerland!

    Bailey’s Island in Maine has lobsters worth driving for hours across New England just for the feast.

  10. So, will hammers be involved?
    Can I just bring up the heat on the pan like I do to frogs?
    Does Switzerland even have lobsters? Other than their politicians?
    Why am I asking you this?

  11. Let’s hope the Swiss don’t find the time to contemplate
    how the heads are removed from the billions of shrimp out there
    (without anesthesia!!!) annually.

  12. Simply those delicious juices steaming up and escaping through openings in the carapace when they boil – silly fucking humans.

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