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Hippies and shellfish June 16, 2006

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events, uh.

Honestly.  You try to make fun of them, and they make it impossible.  What they do in earnest you would think was parody.

The Austin-based grocer spent seven months studying the sale of live lobsters from ship to supermarket aisle, trying to determine whether the creatures suffer along the way.

Along the way?  Beats hell out of me, I haven’t read the study.  I am familiar with what happens at the end of the line, which is getting your still alive lobster ass dropped into a pot of boiling water.

In some stores, they experimented with "lobster condos," filling tanks with stacks of large pipes the critters can crawl inside. And they moved the tanks behind seafood counters and away from children's tapping fingers.

Kids banging on the glass?  I was told this property had minimum age restrictions!

Ultimately, Whole Foods management decided to immediately stop selling live lobsters and soft-shell crabs, saying they could not ensure the creatures are treated with respect and compassion.

You have to respect the lobster before you eat it.  It’s kinda like bears “honoring” their breakfast.

We place as much emphasis on the importance of humane treatment and quality of life for all animals as we do on the expectations for quality and flavor," John Mackey, Whole Foods' co-founder and chief executive, said in a statement.

Now if you fellows with the press would just follow me to the organic produce area, and away from this little selection of beef…

Animal rights activities were thrilled with the decision, not just because of the way lobsters are harvested, shipped and stored but because of the fate that awaits many of them — being dropped alive into a pot of boiling water

Because one lobster saved from this awful fate at the Whole Foods Market is another lobster in the tank waiting over at the local HEB to meet his reward.

Hmmmm.  I believe I have made an important decision about dinner this weekend.


1. Innocent Bystanders » Because one lobster saved - June 16, 2006

[…] There's a reason these knuckleheads have a store in Austin but not in Lubbock. […]

2. skinbad - June 16, 2006

I’m sure someone, somewhere is selling “free range, organically grown” shellfish.

3. Steve - June 19, 2006


“We place as much emphasis on the importance of humane treatment and quality of life for all animals as we do on the expectations for quality and flavor”

How do you do the mental gymnastics to make BOTH of these statements in the same sentence?

We want our crustaceans to be of the highest quality and flavor when we EAT THEM, and the only way to do that is to respect their animal rights on the way to the boiling oil…..

Kind of like, this is gonna hurt you a lot more than it’s gonna hurt me, but it’s worth it as long as you taste good dipped in butter.

Brain. Donors.

4. DaveinTexas - June 19, 2006

You flash a big Chris Klein smile at the cow before you pull the trigger.

That’s how you do that.

5. Anonymous - June 29, 2006
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