A restaurant is using cannabis to give lobsters a more humane death, and we wanted to take a deeper dive to figure out what was going on.
Rags to Riches
Once overabundant, people quickly got tired of lobster and only fed it to animals, prisoners, and indentured servants. Somehow, lobsters eventually rose to glory and became a popular luxury food towards the end of the 1800s, where it remains today.
How to Properly Kill a Lobster
Sustainability aside, people have and will always debate the most humane way to kill a lobster. Most commonly lobsters are either boiled, steamed, or split and then grilled.
Surprisingly enough, according to Business Insider, people care more about how their lobster was killed than most other foods.
“Few diners cringe at the thought of a fish slowly suffocating to death or being slaughtered on the deck of a boat, but there is considerable more stress associated with dropping Maine’s icon into a pot of boiling water.”
While the Lobster Institute in Maine says that lobsters don’t process pain like humans and other animals due to the primitive insect-like nature of the shellfish’s nervous system, PETA disagrees entirely, stating that “lobsters do feel pain, and they suffer immensely.”
Unfortunately for PETA, lobster tastes too damn good to avoid eating.
Smoke Sedation for Lobsters
Since lobsters are going to get eaten anyways, it is the goal (and responsibility) of the food service industry to make sure that the pre-eaten lobsters’ suffering is minimized.
This isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Scientists in Lebanon have been feeding Nile tilapia fish pellets laced with cannabis oil to test whether the weed would make the farmed fish chill them out and maybe even help boost their appetites so they grow quicker.
Do you think its crazy to get our fishy friends high to be more humane? Let us know in the comments below!
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