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Topic Reading-Vol.2107-1/17/2018

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2018/01/17 Topic Reading-Vol.2107-1/17/2018

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

What’s the kindest way to kill a lobster?

Do you think crustaceans, the animal that lives in water and has a hard-outer shell, such as the lobster and crab, feel pain? Since they neither scream nor contort, their pain isn’t usually recognized by humans. But according to animal welfare scientists, crustaceans seem to feel pain and avoid it at any cost, even by giving up their beloved shelter. Does it matter to you even if they feel pain?

You might since they are often cooked alive. Think of lobsters, crab, and shrimps. They are often put into boiling water. In some cases, live shrimps are put into a bowl of liquor and boiled slowly to death. Are these traditional recipes inhumane?

Some countries, such as Norway, New Zealand and Switzerland, think so and ban such cruel cooking. 

Maybe the world should be more considerate of animals’ pain and apply mercy killing to crustaceans as well.

Enjoy reading and think if you’d ask the chef to kill your lobster before cooking.

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