140 Year Old Prisoner Freed at LastAn elderly lobster has avoided the horror of being cooked alive and has been returned home to the Ocean.
Just days ago, the prospect that a 140-year-old, 20-pound lobster confined to a tank inside a New York seafood restaurant would ever see his ocean home again were bleak at best. But after a change of heart by the restaurant he’s been finally been returned to the sea.
The owners of City Crab and Seafood agreed to a request by animal rights campaigners PETA to ship the lucky lobster to Maine, to be released back into the sea.
“We applaud the folks at City Crab and Seafood for their compassionate decision to allow this noble old-timer to live out his days in freedom and peace,” said PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “We hope that their kind gesture serves as an example that these intriguing animals don’t deserve to be confined to tiny tanks or boiled alive.”
According to Dr. Jaren G. Horsley, an invertebrate zoologist, lobsters have a sophisticated nervous system and feel “a great deal of pain” when cut or cooked alive. And because lobsters do not enter a state of shock when they are hurt, they feel every moment of their slow, painful deaths when cooked in a pot of boiling water.
Scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, have also found lobsters use complicated signals to establish social relationships and take long-distance seasonal journeys, often travelling more than 100 miles in a year.
The lobster freed from the New Yrok restaurant was driven to Maine by PETA member Patricia Knudsen and Larry Fleming, owner of a Manhattan vegan bakery. Simon Meadows
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