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  •  Crabs feel pain. (0+ / 0-)

    I've always been squeamish about eating lobsters and crabs and the like after I found out how they were typically just boiled to death.  (Ok, more than squeamish, I quit eating them entirely.)  The argument that they didn't 'feel pain' because they lacked a central nervous system always reminded me of how vivisectionists used to chop living dogs and cats apart while they were strapped down.

    So it's depressing to find out it seems I might have been right to have more cooked alive for me.  Courtesy of NPR's coverage of the story, crabs and related critters apparently exhibit behaviour consistent with actual pain, rather than just nociception (reflex action).

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