This page, in time (and with luck), should evolve into a
Blog (of sorts).
For the time being, however, I will keep it somewhat
unstructured with highlighted topicheadings
that should give you an inkling as to what I am
going to be musing about. So here we go.
Since it was up for a year, I finally took down my
little Knights Templar
piece. If you are interested in it, e-mail me and I
can send you a copy.
Cruelty to lobsters at
supermarkets and restaurants.
Did you know that they don't feed those live lobsters
that you see, piled on top of each other, in those
greenish tanks in supermarkets and some high-end seafood
Don't take my word on this. Go to a supermarket
(or restaurant) and ask.
I curious as ever, just happened to ask at our local
supermarket because I was wondering whether there was a
feeding frenzy with snapping of claws and much
aggitation. I was appalled by what I heard.
The seafood guy, an old timer who I had dealt with for
years, saw I was shocked and tried to mitigate it by
saying "well they don't stay there for that long, plus I
don't think they feel anything".
Yes, I like lobster and my wife is a lobsterman's
daughter. But I have never been able to boil live
lobsters (or crabs) or for that matter any other living
creature. I know lobsters and crabs struggle in
the boiling water. I remember my father, a very
religious man, boiling crabs in Ceylon when I was young.
Always thought that it was incongruous that my father
could do that without compunction.
So I can't buy the story that lobsters have no feelings.
They must feel hunger.
Now interestingly enough, this forced fasting of
lobsters by supermarkets does create a consumer problem
that some of you may be aware of. If you buy a
lobster that has been in the tank for awhile, it won't
have as much flesh as you would expect! I have had
this confirmed by a few people once I started telling
them about my concern. In one case, an ex-IBMer,
had bought a 20 pound lobster at a WalMart (and having
an IBM pension helps if you want to buy such big
lobsters). When they went to eat it, they
discovered, to their chagrin that there wasn't much
meat. They called up WalMart and was given a full
refund with no additional questions asked. So I
have to assume WalMart had had this experience before.
Anyway, that has been on my mind. Let me know what
YOU think. Thank you.
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[New Hampshire, U.S.A.]