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Crabs Really Do Feel Pain: Study

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#1    Insanity

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:22 AM

In addition to recent articles conflicting as to whether or not fish feel pain.



Scientists have long held that crabs are unable to feel pain because they lack the biology to do so, but behavioral evidence has recently shown otherwise. Now, new research further supports the hypothesis that crabs feel pain by showing that crabs given a mild shock will take steps to avoid getting shocked in the future.

http://www.livescien...-feel-pain.html

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:12 AM

Although crav is tasty, I won't eat them. I've never liked the idea of boiling them alive.


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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:51 AM

Crabs feeling pain.Dont know,Bit I do know that they taste real good with butter and a little Old Bay sprinkled on them,And yes I have boiled them Alive,thing is they die really fast like in an instant they hit the BOILING water so if they feel pain it isn't much for they die quickly and are ready in about 5 minutes.Even crawfish cook really fast in boiling water..Pain? I think they do have a little corse Most animals do but ...........I dont know,but thats not going to stop me from eating them.


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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:47 PM

Now you tell me, about 10 years after I dropped rocks on a pile of big crabs at the beach!

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:50 PM

You think boiling a crab alive is inhumane? Try this for sides. (Pun intended)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb28IYXBi9A

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 02:14 PM

He was one of my Masters supervisors last year, the experiments were really interesting to hear about, as were some of his previous work on hermit crabs.


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Posted 17 January 2013 - 02:40 PM

Excuse me, but is this what scientists are doing today, very possibly inflicting pain on living creatures to see if they feel pain??? WHY?
how about they try this experiment on some of this worlds warlords, serial killers, mass murderers, rapists or pedophiles?

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:44 PM

So be kind to your fellow crustaceans!  I've kept hermit crabs for years and they've provided loads of entertainment when they are active and if they want to be sedentary, well, you let sleep crabs lay...

Also, if they do feel pain, what will that change?  They still will end up on someone's dinner plate just like chickens and cows...


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Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:49 PM

View PostMantis914, on 17 January 2013 - 05:44 PM, said:

So be kind to your fellow crustaceans!  I've kept hermit crabs for years and they've provided loads of entertainment when they are active and if they want to be sedentary, well, you let sleep crabs lay...

Also, if they do feel pain, what will that change?  They still will end up on someone's dinner plate just like chickens and cows...
your so right.


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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:12 PM

View PostMantis914, on 17 January 2013 - 05:44 PM, said:

Also, if they do feel pain, what will that change?  They still will end up on someone's dinner plate just like chickens and cows...

Are you stating what is the case, or what should be the case?


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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:19 PM

View Postredhen, on 17 January 2013 - 08:12 PM, said:



Are you stating what is the case, or what should be the case?

There really isn't a "should-be", I think.  Seafood is a big business even though we hear on a daily basis how the seas are running out of life.  Ideally, I wouldn't wish any pain on anyone or anything but we have to eat, that's life...    I'm sure a mother wildebeest doesn't relish the thought of her calf being devoured by hungry lions but what can she do about it...

I've been friendly with our armor-plated little neighbors (even though they've pinched me unintentionally from time to time) so don't get me wrong on that...


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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:33 PM

View PostMantis914, on 17 January 2013 - 09:19 PM, said:

There really isn't a "should-be", I think.

Are you saying that there are no moral considerations when it comes to diet?

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Seafood is a big business even though we hear on a daily basis how the seas are running out of life.

True

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Ideally, I wouldn't wish any pain on anyone or anything

Ok, so diet is a moral concern.

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but we have to eat, that's life...  

Unless you live in a stone age society or in an environment where nothing grows, you do have a choice. Just ask four time Olympic gold medalist and vegan, Carl Lewis.

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I'm sure a mother wildebeest doesn't relish the thought of her calf being devoured by hungry lions but what can she do about it...

Humans are not obligate carnivores like lions and alligators.

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I've been friendly with our armor-plated little neighbors (even though they've pinched me unintentionally from time to time) so don't get me wrong on that...

Glad to hear that.


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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:48 PM

View Postredhen, on 17 January 2013 - 09:33 PM, said:

Are you saying that there are no moral considerations when it comes to diet?



True



Ok, so diet is a moral concern.



Unless you live in a stone age society or in an environment where nothing grows, you do have a choice. Just ask four time Olympic gold medalist and vegan, Carl Lewis.



Humans are not obligate carnivores like lions and alligators.



Glad to hear that.

I have also heard that Plants and vegetation feel pain.... doesn't leave a whole lot of foodstuffs for humans :unsure2:


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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:58 PM

Well, I wouldn't consider cannibalism but if it came to survival, what else is there to do?

Kudos for Carl Lewis and all veggie eaters out there.  Just because someone else is a vegeterian doesn't mean that I have to become one.  We're all free to make our own choices, right?  

Is there a reason why are you taking one line out of what I said earlier so personally?  

And actually, Stone Age societies ate their greens...

http://www.huffingto..._n_2031999.html


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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:05 PM

View Postkeithisco, on 17 January 2013 - 09:48 PM, said:

I have also heard that Plants and vegetation feel pain.... doesn't leave a whole lot of foodstuffs for humans :unsure2:

And by what mechanism do they feel pain? They don't have a nervous system or nociceptors, so you've got me curious now.






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