NPR considers the lobster  »

An animal behavior professor, reports NPR, has concluded that crustaceans do, in fact, feel pain.

As for what this might mean for those of us who occasionally dispatch a crustacean or two, the best way to minimize potential pain is likely electrocution or driving a knife through the creature’s brain, Elwood says. But as most of us lack specialized machinery and knowledge of crustacean anatomy, the easiest way is still dropping the crab in a pot of boiling water.

If you’re determined to eat animals, I guess how much they suffer before becoming their dinner doesn’t matter at all.

[Photo by Andrea Westmoreland via Flickr]

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