Reuters, Thu 27 Apr 2006
An Italian restaurant was fined 688 euros ($855) for displaying live lobsters on ice to attract patrons, in an innovative application of an anti-cruelty law usually affecting to household pets. A court in the northeastern city of Vicenza ruled the display was a form of abuse dooming the crustaceans to a slow death by suffocation.
It's amazing what people pay their lawyers for.
Firstly, how the aforementioned lawyers managed to equate lobsters and pets escapes me. I have yet to see someone walking their pet lobster at the park or playing ball with their beloved crustacean.
Secondly, judging on the various methods of how to cook lobsters I am surprised the RSCPA is complaining on their permanence on ice.
Were I a lobster, I'd hang onto that ice for dear life.
Did you know?
Not only do the elastic bands used to keep the lobster's claws together protect the cook when handling them, but they also prevent the ferocious, voracious crawlers from devouring one another in the tanks.