Monday, April 27, 2009

Drawing the Line: Being boiled hurts

For those conscious eaters who continually ask the question about where to draw the line between sentient and non sentient organisms, a recent study weighs in about the central neuronal processing of crabs. The discovery shows that they not only feel physical responses to painful stimuli, but are also capable of remembering pain.

The experiment, conducted by Professor Bob Elwood and Mirjam Appel from the School of Biological Sciences at Queen's University, sought to deliver shocks to the crabs that were just strong enough to cause them to move out of their shells. They found that shocked crabs showed signs of remembering the experience as they moved out of their old shells into new ones.

So if you're still enjoying those trips to Red Lobster, straddling the line between pesca- and vegetarian, it seems reasonable to take crabs off your menu.

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